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Rose and Willett's mixed fortunes

By Andy Hampson

Justin Rose felt he should have done even better after making a solid start at the Open Championship at Royal Troon.

The former US Open champion shot 68 to establish himself among the early front-runners on three under.

But unlike most of the field, the 35-year-old actually performed better on the trickier back nine than the outward holes and felt he missed some opportunities.

He said: "I played really well, but just hit a couple putts that lipped out and birdied the par five. I felt like I should have birdied six.

"Suddenly I'm only one under through six, when I felt like I played great.

"I made up for a bit on the back nine. The score didn't quite reflect how well I played but I'm certainly happy with the start."

In contrast, Masters champion Danny Willett was frustrated after shooting a level par 71 around the links at Troon.

Willett's solid outward 33 was undone by a run of three successive bogeys after the turn.

Willett said: "It's just frustrating. It could have been a really good day but it ended up being distinctly average, when the scoring conditions are as good as you can really ask for out here.

"It's neither here nor there. But it would have been nice to post a decent number."

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