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July 2 2011

5:45 PM

Aronimink playing soft

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- The low numbers continue to pour in at Aronimink, where Kevin Stadler and Cameron Tringale each shot up the leaderboard after course record-tying 64s.

Defending champ Justin Rose was right behind them with a 65. Ditto Scott McCarron.

“You combine calm conditions and pure putting surfaces, you’re going to get low scores,” Rose said. “I would have liked to have seen it get it more baked out today and be a little bit more of a test.”

Of course when you hit 17 of 18 greens the way Stadler did, it makes things a little easier.

“The course was a lot softer today,” Stadler said. “The greens were more receptive and there were a lot more accessible pins today.”

One of those pins, for example, is on No. 11, where Rose nearly made an eagle-2.

“They made a concerted effort to soften [the greens] up, whether that was for the health of them so they don’t get too far or because they wanted to see low scores,” Rose continued. “But with the pin placements, there’s an opportunity for a low one.”

Or several low ones it appears.

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