Adam Scott struggled badly and just scraped through the cut as Englishman Justin Rose claimed the halfway lead at the US PGA Tour’s Fort Worth Invitational in Texas.
Attempting to climb back into the world’s top 50 rankings to qualify for next month’s US Open, Scott had four bogeys and a triple bogey in a second round of three-over par 73 on Friday.
The former world No.1 will go into the weekend sharing last place at two over with a group including countryman John Senden (70), the only two Australians to survive the cut.
That left him 12 shots behind Rose who carded a brilliant 64 to lead Argentine Emiliano Grillo (67) by a stroke, with American Brooks Koekpa (63) and Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira (67) a further two shots back.
“I did a lot of good things today. The end of my round got a little scrappy but until the last three holes it was pretty flawless … about as good as I could play today,” Rose said.
Long regarded as one of the game’s premier drivers, Rose was rewarded for his aggression and precision off the tee with an abundance of birdie chances.
He converted seven, but a hotter putter could have made it a really special day.
This is Rose’s first appearance at Colonial since 2010, a change to his schedule made with an eye towards the US Open at Shinnecock Hills in New York next month.
“I feel like if I didn’t play here it was going to be a little spotty going into the Open,” he said.
“I wanted to play enough golf where I’d have a read on my game going into Shinnecock. All aspects of my game are showing signs.”
Koepka fired the best round of the day and, following a closing 63 at the Players Championship two weeks ago, suggested he was ready to defend his US Open title after an injury-interrupted start to the year.
The 28-year-old missed nearly three months, including the Masters, while recovering from a left wrist injury.
“I’m knocking on the door,” Koepka said. “I’m right where I was last year. I haven’t quite put four days together but I’m pretty damn close.”