Justin Rose: US Open champion hits 67 in Connecticut

Travelers Championship, first-round leaderboard

  • -9: Hoffman (US)
  • -8: Mahan (US)
  • -7: Watson (US)
  • -5: Merrick (US), Simpson (US), Pampling (Aus), Villegas (Col), DeLaet (Can), Johnson (US)
  • -4: Harrington (Ire)
  • Others: -3: Westwood (Eng), Rose (Eng)
  • -1: Knox (Sco)

Justin Rose returned to action for the first time since his US Open triumph by shooting a three-under-par 67 at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

Rose became the first Englishman to win a major since Nick Faldo in 1996 with victory at Merion last weekend.

Justin Rose factfile

  • Born 30 July, 1980, Johannesburg. Family moves to England when Rose was five
  • Tied for 4th as an amateur in 1998 Open at Royal Birkdale
  • Turns professional the following day
  • Eight PGA & European Tour wins, most recent the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship
  • Tied fifth in 2003 US Open; equal-fifth in 2007 Masters; tied third in 2012 US PGA
  • Twice a member of the European Ryder Cup team (2008 & 2012)
  • Wins 2013 US Open at Merion - first English winner in 43 years

Four days on, the 32-year-old was six shots behind first-round leader Charley Hoffman at the Cromwell course.

Hunter Mahan was one shot back after a 62, with Bubba Watson on seven under and six players on five under.

"Being announced as the 2013 US Open champion, I couldn't help but smile before I hit my first tee shot," said Rose.

"That's an achievement that I've been dreaming about."

Rose had more reason to smile when he birdied the first, but three bogeys in the next four holes left him two over par.

He then birdied the seventh and picked up four further shots in five holes from the 12th to remain in contention.

"I had a sluggish four or five holes where I struggled, but I stayed patient," he added. "I've stayed sort of committed to the same things that worked so well for me last week. That was my goal today, really.

"When you play a tournament like this, it's about keeping steady pace. If you put four rounds in the mid 60s together, you're going to be very, very close."

Hoffman hit two eagles in a stunning opening 61 for nine under.