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Rose leads major winners at PGA Grand Slam of Golf

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 13: Jonathan Byrd of the United States lines up his putt on the 14th hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 13, 2012 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)  - 

Making his debut in one of golf's most exclusive events, reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose fired a 4-under 67 Tuesday at Port Royal Golf Course to take a two-shot lead at the halfway point of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

The Englishman started his opening round quickly in Southampton, Bermuda, carding birdies on four of his first seven holes en route to an outward nine of 3-under 33. Rose added three more birdies on the inward half and leads the 36-hole event by two over PGA champion Jason Dufner, who opened with a 2-under 69.

Masters winner Adam Scott was near the top of the leaderboard early, playing his first eight holes in 4 under, but faltered down the stretch with a bogey on No. 14 and a double bogey on the par-3 16th, failing to record a birdie across his final 10 holes. At 1 under, he trails Rose by three shots heading into Wednesday's final round.

Annually gathering the year's four major champions, the Grand Slam of Golf has been played in Bermuda since 2007 and contested at Port Royal since 2009. Defending Grand Slam champion Padraig Harrington, who gained entry into this year's event when reigning British Open champion Phil Mickelson opted out, struggled to a 3-over 74.

The 36-hole exhibition boasts a $1.35 million prize pool, with $600,000 going to the winner. The runner-up will receive $300,000, while third and fourth place will receive $250,000 and $200,000, respectively.