Justin Rose takes Texas lead on back of seven birdies at Fort Worth Invitational

Justin Rose holds a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Fort Worth Invitational in Texas after firing a second-round 64 on day two.

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Rose had entered the day tied for eighth, but seven birdies – including three in a row on holes 14 to 16 – were offset by just a solitary bogey at the par-three eighth as he moved to 10-under par overall.

Argentine Emiliano Grillo, tied in third after day one, is in second on his own on nine-under – a 33ft birdie on the par-three fourth the highlight of his three-under 67 round.

First-round leader Kevin Na dropped to joint sixth after a disappointing round of three-over par, including four bogeys and a double bogey on the par-four 12th.

Scot Russell Knox again went round in one under, while countryman Martin Laird missed the cut, hitting a three-over 73 after a level-par 70 on day one.

He was joined by Aaron Wise and Webb Simpson, winners of the last two PGA Tour events, on the same score.

Rose, hoping for his second tour win this season, said: “I did a lot of good things today.

“I think the end of my round got a little scrappy, but until the last three holes it was pretty flawless. I think I hit every fairway pretty much and obviously every green to that point.

“Actually, I left a few out there on the greens early but didn’t get frustrated. Fooch (Mark Fulcher, Rose’s caddie) had a little word with me, just said, ‘Hey, mate, just kind of stay patient’.

“That was great advice because I made a little eight, 10-footer which took the lid off the hole, my fifth hole of the day.

“From there got into a nice rhythm, really. The way I played through… I guess through my first 15 holes today was about as good as I’ve played in a long time.”

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