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Rose, Rory feeling good heading into weekend at U.S. Open, Woods optimistic despite poor finish

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Rose, Rory feeling good heading into weekend at U.S. Open, Woods optimistic despite poor finish

Rose, Rory feeling good heading into weekend at U.S. Open, Woods optimistic despite poor finish

Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy feeling good heading into weekend at U.S. Open, Tiger Woods optimistic despite bogey-bogey finish

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Rose, Rory feeling good heading into weekend at U.S. Open, Woods optimistic despite poor finish

SHOWS: PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JUNE 14, 2019) (USGA - Broadcasters: MUST COURTESY 'USGA' Digital: MUST COURTESY 'USGA') 1.

JUSTIN ROSE SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER HIS SECOND ROUND 2.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) JUSTIN ROSE SAYING: "You know at that point was, you know, turning obviously a couple under, got it to eight (minus-8) and you know felt like there was more, more birdies out there, but, you know, the back nine proved to be a bit more of a struggle but all in all a good day." 3.

WHITE FLASH 4.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) JUSTIN ROSE SAYING: "You know here and St.

Andrews would probably be the two most iconic places to lift a bit of silverware, couldn't think of anything better but if you don't mind I'm just gonna wait a couple days." 5.

RORY MCILROY SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER HIS SECOND ROUND 6.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) RORY MCILROY SAYING: "I said to myself going into the 14th I want to get those shots back that I just lost, I want to get back to 3-under par for the, 'cause there are, 15, 16, there are short irons in your hand and you've got the 18th, as well, you know I didn't quite get those three shots back, but 2-under for the last four (holes) after what happened, very pleased with and, you know, really happy with my position going into the weekend." 7.

TIGER WOODS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER HIS SECOND ROUND 8.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) TIGER WOODS SAYING: "Yeah, I'm a little hot right now, obviously I just signed my card about a minute ago so...need a little time to cool down a little bit." 9.

WHITE FLASH 10.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) TIGER WOODS SAYING: "Yeah right now I'm still in the ball game, there's so many guys with a chance to win, we've got a long way to go and, you know, we'll see how it shapes up for tomorrow.

The golf course can be a little bit faster, a little bit more springy than it was today and scores will continue to back up a little bit." STORY: Gary Woodland shot out of the U.S. Open woodwork with an error-free six-under 65 to steal the halfway lead from Justin Rose on Friday (June 14), while an annoyed Tiger Woods insisted he was still in the ball game after a bogey-bogey finish.

Out in the early wave, overnight leader Rose set the target with a grinding one-under 70 and saw off all his early challengers on a chilly day on the Monterey peninsula.

Woodland knocked him from his perch, however, rolling in a monster 50-foot birdie putt at the last to get to nine-under 133 and take a two-shot lead over the Englishman.

The 65 equalled the lowest round ever at a U.S. Open held at Pebble Beach set by Woods in 2000 and matched by Rose on Thursday.

Having finished no higher than a tie for 23rd in eight previous U.S. Opens, Woodland went about his business in anonymity as headliners Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Woods took the spotlight.

Only three times in 26 rounds at the U.S. Open had Woodland scored under 70 but the 35-year-old American hardly put a step wrong at the Pebble Beach Golf Links with not a single bogey on his card.

Lurking three back was South African Louis Oosthuizen, who shot a 70, with his erstwhile compatriot Aaron Wise and Northern Irishman McIlroy one shot further adrift at five-under.

McIlroy, U.S. Open winner in 2011, had a heart-stopping afternoon plunging up and down the leaderboard before signing for a two-under 69.

The wild ride began when he picked up two birdies on an error free outward nine and another at 11 to get within one of the lead.

Without a bogey since his opening hole on Thursday, McIlroy picked up his second on the 13 and disaster struck at 14 when he took a double-bogey and skidded out of sight.

The 30-year-old quickly pulled out of the tailspin with back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 to get right back into contention.

Koepka, bidding to become the first player in over a century to sweep three consecutive U.S. Opens, also battled to stay in contention, turning in a 69 for a second straight day to leave him on four-under, five back of the leader.

Woods began his day five off the pace but picked up what would be his only birdie at his second hole before stringing together 14 pars and stumbling to the finish with back-to-back bogeys that left him fuming.

A one-over 72 left Woods at level par, nine shots off the pace and with work do if he is to contend for a 16th major.

"I'm a little hot right now," growled Woods.

"Right now I'm still in the ball game.

"There's so many guys with a chance to win.

We've got a long way to go." (Production: David Grip)




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