Rochester, NY (Sports Network) - Two of the most recent major champions are
good friends, and like to push each other on and off the course.
Now, having won the season's first two majors, Adam Scott and Justin Rose are
trying to push each other to a rare second major in the same season.
Scott, who beat Angel Cabrera in a playoff at the Masters, carded a 2-under 68
on Friday to remain near the lead at 7-under-par 133 after two rounds of the
Rose put together a stellar final round at Merion to win the U.S. Open. The
Englishman shot 4-under 66 on Friday at Oak Hill to finish one behind Scott at
They will enter the third round two and three strokes off the lead.
"It does change your approach. Obviously, we dream of winning one and now you
have the chance to win more," Rose said. "I think you are possibly not as
desperate going into the last couple of days because you have done it. You
also know what to expect and that is the most important thing. I think knowing
that you've hit the shots under pressure, no matter what situation you face on
the weekend, you know you've been there and you know you've handled it. It
doesn't mean it's going to be easy, but at least you've got the positives to
Scott, who posted a 30 on his opening nine Thursday, joked that Rose one-upped
him on Friday.
"He definitely made my 30 look ordinary on the front nine with his 29. It's a
great nine holes of golf to put himself right in the tournament," Scott said.
"I'm excited for the weekend with where I sit."
The pair are fighting for the chance to become the first player since Padraig
Harrington in 2008 to win two majors in the same year.
WOODS STUMBLES AGAIN
After his rousing win last week at the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger
Woods looked to be one of the clear favorites heading into this week's PGA
Woods had two birdies on his first nine Thursday, but carded a bogey and a
double bogey on his way to an opening 71. His round Friday wasn't much better.
The four-time champion slipped to plus-two as he bogeyed the second after
finding a bunker with his approach shot. Woods started to make a charge with
back-to-back birdies from inside 10 feet at the fifth and sixth.
After four straight pars, Woods failed to get up and down for par at the 11th.
He parred three in a row from the 12th, including a 3-putt par at the drivable
Woods birdied the 15th and 17th, but he bogeyed 16 and 18 to close out a round
"I didn't hit it anywhere near as good as I did yesterday. Consequently, I
didn't have that many looks. When I did, I missed my share, too," Woods said
of his round. "Obviously, I need to hit it better than I have, obviously keep
the ball below the hole so I can be aggressive with the putts."
* Matt Kuchar bogeyed his final hole on Friday for his first dropped shot of
the week. He has eight birdies and 27 pars to go with that bogey through 36
* There have been seven eagles and 827 birdies through two rounds.
* All 20 club professionals missed the cut with David Muttitt coming closest
to making the weekend as he ended at plus-5.
* Angel Cabrera (wrist) and Jamie Donaldson (back) both withdrew on Friday.
* For the second day in a row, the par-4 17th was the hardest hole as it
played to an average of 4.48 strokes. The 17th has been the most difficult
through two rounds as players have needed 4.43 shots on average.
* The drivable par-4 14th was the easiest in round two as it averaged 3.86
strokes. Through two rounds, the par-5 fourth has been the easiest by
averaging 4.79 shots.
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