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  Friday, 16 August, 2002, 01:29 GMT 02:29 UK
Rose delighted with American debut
Justin Rose plays out of a bunker on the first hole at Hazeltine
Rose needed just 27 putts to get round
Justin Rose declared himself "very pleased" with his first professional round in America after finishing just one shot off the lead at the USPGA.

Rose's three-under-par 69 was the best of the European competitors and left him hot on the heels of clubhouse leaders Jim Furyk and Fred Funk.

"To start my first professional round in America on such a good note is very pleasing," Rose said afterwards.


I had just one birdie and that's not enough
Colin Montgomerie

"Obviously I am very happy to see my name on the leaderboard.

"I've been unbelievably relaxed this week. I didn't have any nerves on the first tee whatsoever.

"I felt very comfortable competing in a major in America."

The 22-year-old put his success down to some brilliant work on the greens as he needed just 27 putts on his round.

"I worked hard the last couple of evenings on my putting, just working on the pace and speed of the greens, and it paid off today," he added.

Padraig Harrington and Nick Faldo also go into their second rounds with a chance after both shooting 71 to finish three shots off the lead.

But Colin Montgomerie's desperate search for a Major is once more in tatters after a 74.

Sergio Garcia's round fell apart at the 16th
Garcia's round fell apart at the 16th

The 39-year-old Scot, beaten in play-off for the title in 1995, bogeyed his final two holes for a two-over-par round.

"I'm not very happy about that," said Montgomerie. "I had just one birdie and that's not enough. I had lots of chances."

Montgomerie, who has been subjected to heckling in the past in the United States, had five uniformed police officers assigned to his group for his round.

But he was not the only European Ryder Cup player to falter.

Sergio Garcia dropped three shots over the final three holes to end with a 75.

The Spaniard was well-placed at one under with seven to play, but a double bogey at the 402-yard 16th derailed his round.

"I got the wrong club and went over the green into the water," he explained.

"You have to realise you are going to have days like this, but it's unfortunate when it's in a tournament you really want to win."

Sweden's Jesper Parnevik shot a nine-over-par 81 to finish 13 shots off the lead England's Paul Casey had a nightmare 13-over 85.

Lee Westwood was one over after 13 holes when fading light stopped play for the day, Ian Woosnam finished on five over and Darren Clarke was seven over with one hole to play.

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"I kept plugging away"
Ireland's Padraig Harrington
"I am struggling"

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