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Still, he couldn't have been much happier with the way he handled the greens.
"It was nice to hole the putts," he said after needing just 26. "If anything's been missing in my game the last little month or two, it's been putting."
Rose had the second tee time of the day and had to sit out a 2-hour suspension of play due to thunderstorms.
He started with a bogey but the break didn't prevent him from piling up eight birdies in a 12-hole span.
Muirfield Village "is a course you've got to play really smart on, which obviously the man who designed it was one of the best at that," Rose said. "I actually tend to play well on Nicklaus-designed courses. And I tend to putt well here."
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