Two chip-ins fuel Rose’s second round 70
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

Justin Rose jump started his round with a couple 60-foot chip-ins on 9 and 10, and finished with a two-under 70. At two-under total, Rose will need a good weekend if he plans to track down the leaders.

Rose said, “Chipped in at 9 and 10, which felt like I got my championship going. And I felt from that point I could probably pick up a couple more, but the course definitely proved to be difficult. Even the downwind holes it was hard to get the ball close to the hole, as it often is. Picking one up at the last there was a nice way to finish.”

The chip-in on 9 was for birdie and the one on 10 was for eagle. A bogey on 14 was then offset by a birdie on 18 for a two-under 70.

The wind has calmed down this afternoon at Hoylake, but a 70 was a very good score this morning. “If it gets over 15, if it gets toward 20 miles an hour, which I would imagine it did today, that’s when it gets quite extreme and quite difficult, and the ball starts oscillating. And it’s tough to keep your balance while you’re putting and holing out. So it got to the point today, for sure. Especially on the back nine. We had an hour or so, I felt like we were just hanging on.”

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–Bernie D’Amato