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The Tour Report

March 10 2012

12:50 PM

Putting sparks Rose, Scott

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PGATOUR.COM -- Much of Justin Rose’s success here this week can be attributed to his putting. Through two rounds, he has 24 one-putts, which is best in the field. He’s also ninth in strokes gained-putting at 3.3 strokes gained per round.

And when Rose has missed the green, he’s made par or better 14 of 16 times, which ranks him third in the field in scrambling.

“I think [Friday] was the first time in a while I put it all together,” Rose said after the second round. “Today was the first day I hit some quality iron shots, drove it well and made putts.”

Adam Scott has been even better on the greens. The Aussie leads the field with 5.6 strokes gained-putting. He’s also converted a field-best nine putts from 10 feet. Four of those came late in Friday’s round when he birdied four of his final six holes to get to 10 under and within two of Bubba Watson’s lead.

Also, no one has converted more total footage of putts than Scott. Through two rounds, he’s made 251 feet of putts, which is 38 more feet than the next best player and 99 more feet than the field average.

“The putting stroke feels really good,” Scott said. “When it's like that, you need to take advantage of it, but you can also be a little safer with your shots in and not risk short-siding yourself, especially in the rough here.

“I did that well on the back nine, because I really needed some birdies to keep myself within touch of these guys posting low ones.”