Rose could even afford a late bogey in his round of 66 over the Colonial Country Club and yet still control the outcome of the event, a win in which would be his first since winning the Zurich Classic in New Orleans three years ago.
Rose is one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour, seldom missing a cut and while he has not won in the US in three years there have continued to be wins internationally and the form he has displayed this week suggests his game is rounding out nicely ahead of the US open in three week's time.
As indeed is the current US Open Champion, Brooks Koepka, who continues to manage a wrist injury but his form is encouraging ahead of defending his title at Shinnecock Hills.
It has not been a good week for the Australasians with Danny Lee (47th) and Adam Scott and John Senden77th.
Scott will likley lose a spot or two in the world ranking from his current 61st place and is not yet assured of making the field for the US Open. he has two events to finish inside the top 60 and/or the Sectional Qualifying.
BROOKS KOEPKA FROM THE LONG GRASS
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