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Friday, 09 August 2013
Justin Rose   (Getty Images)
Justin Rose (Getty Images)
Justin Rose stormed home in just 29 shots to move to within a shot of clubhouse leader Adam Scott midway through the second round of the US PGA Championship at a damp Oak Hill.

US Open Champion Rose had six birdies on the front nine – his back nine – to shoot a 66 and reach six under par.

That was one behind Masters Tournament winner and playing partner Scott, the Australian adding a 68 to his opening 65 which had given him a share of the first round lead.

"It was definitely a round of two halves," said Rose, who started on the tenth and bogeyed his first two holes. "I was just hanging on for dear life and then the rain stopped, put on a fresh glove and you began to feel like you could get after the golf course.

"Obviously I got hot and kept rolling with it. Adam played some great golf the last couple of days and showed me that this course is playable and you can make some birdies out there. And when I got hot, I stayed with it, which was nice."

Scott was initially caught by another Englishman, Lee Westwood, when play got underway in persistent rain but regained top spot when his birdie putt from 15 feet on the 13th just had enough pace to trickle into the hole, and he was soon two clear as Westwood dropped his first shot of the week on the 17th.

Seeking to become the first man since Jack Nicklaus in 1975 to win the Masters Tournament and US PGA in the same year, Scott then moved three ahead with a birdie on the 16th, only to follow Westwood in dropping a shot on the 17th.

Westwood admitted to being disappointed with a bad finish to his round, having seemingly done the hard work by getting through 16 holes in level par for the day.

But the 40 year old then ran up a double-bogey on the eighth and dropped another shot on the ninth to card a 73 that left him one under par at the halfway stage.

"I played pretty well," said Westwood, who is still seeking his first Major title at the 63rd attempt.

“The course was playing really long, the par four 17th was unreachable, and I was just ticking along before getting kicked where it hurts on the last two holes.

"I would like to have finished par, par but I am in red figures going into the weekend and still have a chance."

Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer secured a second consecutive 68 as the 2010 winner left himself well placed on four under par.

Scott was initially overtaken by Robert Garrigus, who birdied five of his first eight holes to reach eight under, and when Garrigus dropped back with consecutive bogeys it was fellow American Jason Dufner who moved into the lead.

Dufner went to the turn in 31 and added birdies at the 11th and 13th to be six under for his round and eight under for the tournament.

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