JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Justin Rose is five shots off the 36-hole pace at The Barclays, but if the conclusion of his second round Saturday morning is a sign of things to come, he's feeling good about his position.
Rose, who made two bogeys and one birdie en route to a second-round 3-under 68 when he returned to Liberty National Saturday morning, saw a much quicker and trickier course than on previous days.
'This wind is making it really tough out there,' Rose said. 'The greens are rolling about, I don't know, a foot and a half quicker than they were yesterday. The pin placements become extra tricky when you see them with extra speed. ... Rather than making birdies (the morning) was about hanging on.'
The Saturday forecast calls for temperatures in the low 80s, mostly sunny skies and winds from the east at 6-12 mph.
Rose is looking for his second win of the season to accompany his U.S. Open victory in June.
'With some added wind out there and the greens quickening up, you have to be a little more defensive in your iron play and put the ball in the right spot. I think maybe you'll see scoring level out (this afternoon).'