Justin Rose spun a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, good for outright possession of the clubhouse lead.
To give some indication as to how well he played, no one from today's morning wave in the clubhouse shot lower than 68 today. Rose hit 13 greens in regulation and suffered just one bogey, that a 5 at the 11th hole, his second of the loop around Bay Hill. Thereafter, he sandwiched a 10-foot conversion for eagle at 16 with six birdies, including four in a row beginning at the fourth hole. Four of his birdies dropped in from beyond 10 feet, the longest falling from 18'9" at 17. He also poured in a par save from 14'6" at the par-4 18th where he laid up 42 yards short of the pin.