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Simpson matches Oak Hill course record

12:36 PM, Aug 9, 2013   |    comments
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Rochester, NY (Sports Network) - Webb Simpson was 5-over par through eight holes on Thursday, but rallied to shoot 72. He continued that rally on Friday.

The 2012 U.S. Open champion mixed seven birdies and a lone bogey in a round of 6-under 64 on Friday. Simpson matched the course record on Oak Hill's East Course.

Simpson matched the mark set by a couple of World Golf Hall of Famers -- Ben Hogan in 1942 and Curtis Strange, who matched the record in 1989. Neither Hogan nor Strange went on to win the title that week though.

"I wasn't aware that 64 was the course record, but I was thinking about the major championship record. I wasn't sure if it was 63, I thought it was, so I was thinking about that coming down the last few holes," Simpson admitted. "It was playing long, nothing was easy. I think the only thing the rain made it easier was the greens were softer so you could be a little more aggressive with your irons shots."

On Friday, Simpson started on the 10th and collected birdies on his first two holes. After a pair of pars, Simpson birdied the 14th to move to minus-3 for the day and 1-under par for the championship.

Simpson gutted out five straight pars in the worst of the morning rain. He soared into contention with back-to-back birdies from the second, and again from the fifth.

Standing a 5-under for the championship after four birdies in a 5-hole span, Simpson tripped to a bogey at the seventh. He closed with a pair of pars to post 64.

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