NORTON, Mass. – “Lethargic” was how Justin Rose described his play, specifically his opening round at the Deutsche Bank Championship, but it may as well have applied to his post-U.S. Open scorecard as well.
Before last week, Rose hadn’t finished better than 13th since his breakthrough at Merion in June. At the season’s final two majors he didn’t crack the top 30. But that mini-slide took a turn last week at The Barclays, where he finished tied for second.
On Saturday at TPC Boston he continued the trend with an 8-under 63 to move onto the leaderboard at 9 under.
“It came out of nowhere,” said Rose, who was bogey-free on Day 2 and hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation. “I felt kind of a bit lethargic, felt like I was plodding around and then all of a sudden I looked at the scoreboard and I was doing OK.”