Rose shot 1-below 70 to reach the midway point at Pebble Sea scuttle at 7 below — appropriate for a one-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen, who teed off Friday afternoon. Oosthuizen birdied No. 1 to glean within one shot of the lead.
Rose’s 70 pairs with the Sixty 5 he shot Thursday, a first-spherical consequence that matched Tiger Woods in 2000 for the finest ranking at an Birth played in Pebble Sea scuttle, California.
“There is a honorable distance to traipse,” Rose talked about Friday. “And yet I might perchance no longer [help] assume — here and St. Andrews [Golf Club] would doubtlessly be the 2 most iconic locations to draw conclude fairly of silver. I might perchance no longer grasp the rest better. But must you do no longer thoughts, I am pleasant going to support about a days.”
Brooks Koepka shot his second straight 69 to originate 4 below.
Francesco Molinari’s momentum got here to a pause when his second shot on No. 8 failed to tremendous the chasm between the golf green and the golf green.
After stepping gingerly down the slope to acquire the ball in an unplayable lie, Molinari took a creep in a golf cart support to the golf green to fall for a penalty shot.
The defending British Birth champion made double-bogey and fell support to 3-below par after a stretch of three birdies in eight holes had establish him in a tie for second at Pebble Sea scuttle.
The day’s lowest spherical to this point belongs to Jim Furyk, who shot sixty seven to reach 2 below. The Forty nine-365 days-broken-down Furyk is the 2003 U.S. Birth champion and changed into captain of the Ryder Cup crew last 365 days.
One more Forty nine-365 days-broken-down, Phil Mickelson, performs within the afternoon. He’ll beginning the day at 1 over, the sizzling decrease line. The pause 60 avid gamers and ties will traipse on for the weekend.
The Associated Press contributed to this tell.