By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- Turns out Justin Rose surprised himself on Saturday during the second round of the Deutcshe Banke Championship.
He said he was actually feeling a "bit lethargic" as he made his way around TPC Boston on the cool, gray day. But Rose, who tied for second at The Barclays last week, kept plodding along and giving himself birdie opportunities that turned the day upside down.
"All of a sudden I looked at the scoreboard and I was doing okay," said Rose, who came to TPC Boston ranked fifth in the FedExCup.
Truth be told, it was better than okay. Rose started on the back nine and made four birdies, then added another quartet on the front on the way to a 63 that tied for the low round of the week. He'll start the third round at 9 under, just four strokes off Sergio Garcia's lead.
"It was clicking, absolutely," Rose said. "It was a good, clean round of golf. I felt like I haven't played a bogey free round for a while, ad that's what I managed to do today.
"Obviously when the guys are going low, you need to make birdies, but you also need to eliminate the mistakes. You throw a couple of bogeys at it it's hard to go low. Today there was a lot of putts made from 8 to 10 feet. I hit the ball close all day, but I still made some good putts. I felt very good about the putting today. And obviously just kept a very clean, solid round of golf."
The reigning U.S. Open champ hasn't played particularly well at TPC Boston since it joined the FedExCup Playoffs rotation in 2007 with a tie for 54th his best finish in five starts. But he did share fourth in 2006 and finish solo third in 2003 when his good friend Adam Scott ended up winning the event so Rose knows it can be done.
The Englishman's putter got hot on Saturday as he came in with 27 strokes as opposed to 31 in the first round, and the rest of his game responded as well. He only hit 9 of 14 fairways overall but found all but two on the front nine, which was his second of the day. He hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation, as well.
"For me everything changes with the putter," Rose said. "And yesterday I felt like I played a really, really good round of golf, just didn't get much out of it with the putter and got frustrated and made a couple of mistakes coming in.
"1 under yesterday was a bit of a shame. But I kind of got what I deserved. I felt like I didn't hang in there tough enough yesterday. Obviously I did a much better job of that today."