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Rose is blooming with his rise to third in Phoenix

Justin Rose put himself in the mix at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona with a six-under-par opening round.

Still looking for his first PGA Tour title, his 65 at the TPC Scottsdale course was good enough for a share of third midway through the opening day.

Rose's round did not get off to the best of starts as he bogeyed the par-four first, but he compiled eight birdies — including a run of four from the eighth — before his only other blemish on the 18th.

Camilo Villegas, fresh from his third-place finish at the Accenture Match Play Championship on Sunday, claimed the clubhouse lead, a nine-under-par 62 putting him one stroke ahead of Matt Every of the United States, who still had five holes to play on the back of six consecutive birdies.

Mark Wilson carded a 65 like Rose, while Ryuji Imada of Japan and Americans Zach Johnson and Tom Lehman were among seven players on five under.

Another Englishman, Greg Owen, did not have such a good time — he carded a 75 thanks in part to a triple bogey on the 17th — while Brian Davis, World Match Play champion Ian Poulter and Martin Laird of Scotland were yet to tee off. The only other European under par was Fredrik Jacobson, one under for his round.

Meanwhile, Spain's hopes of staging the Ryder Cup for a second time in 2018 have been pinned on a new course to be built at Tres Cantos, 15 miles north of Madrid. Valderrama played host in 1997, but this time the Spanish are in competition with France, Sweden, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands.

The Royal Spanish Golf Federation have now announced that Valdeloshielos Farm has been selected for the construction of two courses — one with the Ryder Cup in mind and the other a public lay-out to meet the demands of the Madrid population.

Le Golf National near Paris, which has held the French Open for the last eight years, is the best known of the courses being considered by Europe's Ryder Cup Committee, who are expected to make their decision next year.

Sweden will unveil Bro Hof near Stockholm when it stages the SAS Masters in July.

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