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Justin Rose sends out Masters warning to debutants

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England's Justin Rose has sent out a warning to those making their Masters debut this week at Augusta.

Stephen Gallacher, Victor Dubuisson and Joost Luiten are among those who have qualified for the first time.

Rose insists that performing at Augusta in The Masters is a big step-up ahead of the tournament which starts on Thursday.

"The learning curve at Augusta is steep, very steep," Rose told the BBC.

There has only been three previous winners of the Green Jacket on their debut. These were Horton Smith and Gene Sarazen during the first two years of the tournament (1934 and 1935). This feat was also achieved by Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

Scotland's Gallacher, France's Dubuisson and Holland's Luiten are staking their claim for a Ryder Cup place but Rose, who has never finished outside the top 40 in his nine Masters appearances, believes that the debutantes should just be aiming to make the final two days.

"I think the general rule is that if you make the cut the first time at Augusta, then that's a successful performance," he said.

"Certainly that's how it was framed in my mind in 2003."

Rose continued: "Just playing at Augusta is an amazing experience for any first-timer. It's an amazing experience going for the 10th time, to be honest with you.

"It's one of the few tournaments where you play practice rounds even though you don't really need to. You already know the course and your strategy, but you can't resist getting out there on that golf course. It's a magical place and I can't wait to get back there."

Joining Gallacher, Dubuisson and Luiten is English amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick. The 19-year old won the US Amateur Championship last August to secure his place.

Gallacher, 39, earned his place at this year's Masters by defending his Dubai Desert Classic title in February and by finishing sixth in the WGC Cadillac Championship in March.

A share of 18th in the 2010 US PGA Championship represents Gallagher's best finish in a major but the Scot has arranged a practice round with former winner Sandy Lyle as he hopes for inside knowledge of Augusta's challenges. 

Gallagher has also arranged a session with Jose Maria Olazabal, the last European to win The Masters in 1999.

Both Dubuisson, 23, and Luiten, 28, look likely to be competing in September's Ryder Cup as the former leads the European Ryder Cup ranking while the latter won twice on the European tour last year.

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