Justin Rose came back down to earth on Friday at the Farmers Insurance Open, but so did everyone else.
Thus Rose’s 1-under was good enough to keep the Brit in the lead at 8-under. “Everyone has played both courses now, and now we get to play the bruiser for the next two days,” Rose said. “So you just want to basically put yourself within shot.”
He has the same lead over the same two men – Canadian Adam Hadwin and American Brandt Snedeker, the defending champion. If he were to rally to the victory, Snedeker would join J.C. Snead, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson as the only men to ever win the tournament back to back.
Rose was 2-under through 13 holes before bogeying 14 and 15 in succession. He birdied 18 to give himself a high note leaving the course. An amazing 34 players are within 5 strokes of the lead with 36 holes to play.