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Rose clubhouse leader at Open with 2nd-round 70 – ESPN

Rose clubhouse leader at Open with 2nd-round 70 – ESPN

7:27 PM ETESPN News Services PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Justin Rose wasn’t too bothered by two poor swings that slowed his momentum Friday in the U.S. Open. He had too many great par saves that kept him atop the leaderboard when he finished his second round at Pebble Beach.Rose, leading by as many as four shots among the early starters, had to settle for a 1-under 70 that sends him into the weekend in good shape to pursue another U.S. Open title. He finished two shots ahead of Aaron Wise, who had an equal share of good and bad for a 71.Louis Oosthuizen, who teed off Friday afternoon along with Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and others, birdied No. 1 to get within one shot of the lead.Tiger Woods was seven shots behind, and it felt like more.Woods made a birdie on his second hole, and then missed everything else the rest of the day. Outside of his lone birdie from 10 feet on No. 11, he didn’t make a putt longer than 5 feet.Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka started slowly and finished with two late birdies for another 69. He was three shots behind in his bid to match a 114-year record with a third straight U.S. Open title.”At this point, there’s not a lot to worry about,” Rose said. “If you’re one ahead, one behind, it’s a lot of golf to be played. But it’s the perfect spot after two days.”For a short time, it looked as though it might be even better.Conditions were roughly the same as the first round, with little wind and cool clouds so thick that condensation felt like a light mist. Rose started slowly, even dropped his putter when a 12-foot birdie chance br
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