‘Up for Grabs’: Justin Rose Confident About the Final Round Challenge at the 2021 Masters

Published 04/11/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 10, 2021 England’s Justin Rose walks up the 18th hole during the third round REUTERS/Brian Snyder


The 2021 Masters is headed towards an exciting finish. There are several players who are in contention of winning the green jacket this year and Hideki Matsuyama is currently the favorite. However Masters veteran Justin Rose is confident of his chances in the final round and is hoping to overtake Matsuyama on the leaderboard. 

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Rose came into the 2021 Masters with plenty of confidence and he showcased it with his performance in the first round. While he cruised atop the leaderboard with a 7-under 65 in Round 1, Rose could only manage an even 72 in the subsequent rounds. 

“Well, yeah, it was a tricky round and a lot happened today. The greens slowed up a good foot, so everything changed a little bit. I actually didn’t putt it great for three or four holes, but then finally got my eye back in and got in touch with the speed again and putted great coming in luckily, because I had struggled a little bit,” Rose reflected on his Round 3 display. 

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Justin Rose reacts to Hideki Matsuyama’s leaderboard surge in Round 3

Justin Rose came into Round 3 as the 36-hole leader, but he did not end the day atop the leaderboard. His two-day streak was put to an end by Japanese player Hideki Matsuyama who matched Rose’s Round 1 performance of 7-under 65 on Saturday.

Rose is now tied for second place with three other players. Moreover, he’s quite confident about catching up with the leader before completing his 72-holes at the 2021 Masters. Rose has been playing at Augusta since 2003 and is aware of the miracles that can happen on a Sunday. 

Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 9, 2021 England’s Justin Rose acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green after completing his second round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

“I’ve been playing with the lead the whole week, and obviously there’s been an hour of golf where Hideki has sort of moved out there in front. You know, all the guys chasing at 7-under par are all capable of that little run that Hideki has had, so it’s all up for grabs tomorrow,” Rose mentioned. 

Rose began Round 3 with successive birdies in holes one and two on the front nine, but pressure climbed upon his shoulders and made him finish with an even 72 on Saturday. The score did not bother Rose too much, but he wants to improve in Round 4. 

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Justin Rose wants to get better with his drives in the final round of the 2021 Masters. He’s currently four shots behind the leader Hideki Matsuyama but knows he can catch him with a few good strokes. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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