Rose targets $10m FedEx prize after fast start in Boston, McIlroy six shots back

Rose leads by a stroke from Russell Knox and Abraham Ancer after the opening round of the Dell Technologies Championship.

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ENGLAND’S JUSTIN ROSE has set himself the target of FedEx Cup glory after muscling his way to a one-stroke lead on day one of the Dell Technologies Championship.

Rose brilliantly bounced back from missing the cut in last week’s opening event of the play-off series with a bogey-free six-under-par 65 on the TPC Boston course.

The current world number four ended his round just clear of Scotland’s Russell Knox and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, with the duo signing for five-under-par 66s.

Rory McIlroy — who landed the $10 million FedEx winner’s jackpot in 2016 — is six shots back after a level-par opening round.

Rose said: “I looked at the pins last night, and I thought there was an opportunity to make some birdies.

“And I was able to go bogey-free today, which I think no one else managed to do. I guess just keeping the card clean made the birdies really count for something.”

The Englishman arrived in Boston lying sixth on the FedEx Cup standings and is already projected to move to number one.

Acquiring top spot is the 38-year old’s after a career high of fifth in 2010 and 2015.

“I am trying to be selfish right now, and focus on these next three tournaments and winning the FedExCup,” he said.

“To win would be a huge moment in my career if that happens.”

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Tiger Woods struggled in hitting only half of the 18 Boston greens to post a one-over par 7, a score he shares with Phil Mickelson, who is also vying to impress US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk this weekend and clinch one of the wildcard picks.

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