Woodland Two Clear Of Rose At US Open After 36 Holes

Woodland leads by two after 36 holes at Pebble Beach

Woodland Two Clear Of Rose At US Open

Woodland leads by two ahead of the weekend after a 65 on Friday

Woodland Two Clear Of Rose At US Open After 36 Holes

Gary Woodland matched Justin Rose's first round score of 65 to lead by two after 36 holes at the US Open.

The American made six birdies and no bogeys in the afternoon in what was a flawless round.

He takes a two stroke lead into the weekend, double the margin he held at the same stage at Bellerive last year in the USPGA Championship.

Justin Rose is two back through 36, after shooting a one under par 70 on Friday to reach seven under.

The Englishman was grinding on a difficult morning for scoring with the rough getting thicker and the greens speeding up.

Rose was 1st in putting on Thursday and he was excellent with the flat stick again in round two, as he made three birdies and two bogeys.

By the time he finished his round, with the morning starters all done, Rose was two ahead at the top of the leaderboard.

Earlier in the year, Rose told the Golf Monthly Clubhouse Podcast that he is on the verge of turning his career into a special one, and another US Open trophy this weekend would certainly help that cause.

“I want to chase history, my legacy in the game. I’ve had a great career but I’m on the verge of making it a special career, so I think that’s what interests me now for sure," he said.

“I feel like I’m beginning to finally fulfilling my potential that people have always told me that I’ve had.

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Rose's playing partners Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth were also battling, with Woods going round in 72 and Spieth shooting a three under par 68.

Woods' putter was much colder than Rose and a bogey-bogey finish dropped him down the leaderboard, whilst Spieth had a very up-and-down round with seven birdies and four bogeys.

Spieth's 68 will be one of the rounds of the day, matched by Webb Simpson and only bettered by one man in the morning - Jim Furyk, who shot 67 to sit at two under after 36.

"It's definitely tougher out there today," Brooks Koepka said, who shot his second-successive 69 to sit at four under.

Rory McIlroy shot a two under par 69 in a round that included five birdies to put himself in a great position after two days.

Rory once again played very well and was flawless through 12 holes with three birdies before a bogey at 13 and then a double-bogey seven at 14.

The four-time Major winner responded well though, with back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x