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Rose Atop Leader Board, Fowler Close Behind at US Open

After a week of predicting tough play and high scores, Pebble Beach was about as friendly as anyone could expect for a U.S. Open. Anyone who wasn't able to reach red numbers is going to feel a sense of urgency going into Friday's second round, as the leaderboard is packed with 39 golfers under par and five at 5-under or better.  


Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen all dropped 66's in the morning wave, setting the pace and letting everyone know that it was a day for scoring. The greens were soft and receptive, and the wind never reached a speed that penalizing or terribly impactful, contributing to a record-setting 17 eagles in the round. 


But that score was bested during the final hour of play as Justin Rose finished off a round of 65 that tied Tiger Woods' record for low score at a Pebble Beach-hosted U.S. Open. Woods' 65 contributed to his record-setting 15-stroke win in 2000 where no one else finished under par. Based on the way things went on Thursday, it's highly unlikely that Rose will be the only one under par at the of Sunday's final round.

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