AVONDALE, La. – In a tournament littered with unheralded players, Justin Rose gave Zurich officials a glimmer of hope Friday.
Fourteen shots behind at one point in his second round, Rose birdied six of his last 11 holes for a 67 to sit in a tie for 22nd at the Zurich Classic – but nine shots behind second-year Tour pro Ben Martin.
“You’re always going to have your good runs and your bad runs, and the leaders haven’t quite had their flat area yet,” Rose said. “That will happen, for sure. That’s just the way the game is. That will allow me the chance to catch up.”
At No. 11 in the world, Rose is the highest-ranked player in the field. After an opening 71, the reigning U.S. Open champion needed to turn on the jets just to make the 36-hole cut.
Now, he’s in position to record his third consecutive top 15 at TPC Louisiana.
“I’ve had to learn to love the course,” he said. “I feel like I’ve figured out how to putt the greens a little better. I’ve had a better time reading them in the last few years.”