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Justin Rose bags lead at Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda

Updated: Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 21:05 | Comments

Justin Rose plays out of the bunker on the ninth hole at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton
Justin Rose plays out of the bunker on the ninth hole at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton

US Open champion Justin Rose led the way after the first round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda as Ireland’s Padraig Harrington struggled to mount a challenge.

At four under par, the Englishman was two shots clear of America's Jason Dufner in the battle between this year's major winners.

At one stage Rose, USPGA champion Dufner and Masters winner Adam Scott were all tied on four under, but the latter two fell away over the closing holes.

Dufner bogeyed the 14th and the 16th at Port Royal to drop to two under while Australian Scott made a double bogey at the 16th to drop three off the lead.

Rose had also dropped a shot at the 14th but he birdied the 17th to pull away from his rivals.

Open champion Phil Mickelson is not in Bermuda and his place has been taken by Harrington, who replaced Ernie Els last year and won the tournament.

His title defence began with a round which included four bogeys and a double bogey as he finished three over par.

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