9/2 Rose feeling sharp at Pebble Beach


Updated: 23/03/2023


Justin Rose (9/2 – US Open Outright) feels he is in the perfect position to attack during the final two days of the US Open after a second round of 70 at Pebble Beach.

The Englishman enjoyed a strong start to the competition with a round of 65 and boasted a one-shot lead at the top of the leaderboard after day one.

He was unable to maintain those standards during his second round, hitting 70, but he sits second and only trails leader Gary Woodland (9/2 – US Open Outright) by two shots.

Woodland shot a bogey-free 65 to reach nine-under but faces stiff competition from the large chasing pack on his tail.

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen (12/1 – US Open Outright) is a shot further back in third, while Aaron Wise (33/1 – US Open Outright) and Rory McIlroy (5/1 – US Open Outright) are in a tie for fourth on five-under.

Despite losing his way slightly on Friday, Rose insists he is happy with his performance and feels he is in a “perfect position”.

“I’m happy with it,” Rose told BBC Radio 5 live. “I don’t expect it to lead but it’s going to be right there, but I’m in the perfect position going into the weekend.

“If you miss the fairway off the tee you’ve basically lost half a shot, so the goal for the rest of the hole is how do you get that half a shot back, and it normally has to come with a great short-game shot or great putt.

“The fact my short game feels sharp is great. It takes a bit of pressure off the long game.”

Odds subject to change.

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