By Thomas Dodd
- GB’s Justin Rose stays in touch with leaders after Day 2 of Olympic Golf tournament
- Rose’s six under par total after 36 holes is four behind Australian Marcus Fraser
- Danny Willett five shots further back, Ireland’s Seamus Power on four under
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Great Britain’s Justine Rose kept pace with the leaders after round two of the Olympic Golf event in Rio to maintain his chances of claiming Gold.
Rose backed up his opening day 67 – which included a hole in one at the par three fourth – with a round of 69 to lie six under par for the tournament and four shots back at the halfway stage.
Australia’s Marcus Fraser continues to lead the field after also following his first round 63 with a two under par 69 on Friday.
Belgian Thomas Pieters is the nearest challenger after 36 holes, while Open Champion Henrik Stenson remained in the hunt for Gold as the Swede fired a 68 to sit two shots back with two rounds to play.
Ireland’s Seamus Power had one of the low rounds of the day with a 67, enough to move the youngster into a tie for tenth on four under.
Compatriot Padraig Harrington was inconsistent in trickier conditions in Rio and could only shoot even par.
Masters Champion Danny Willett, Great Britain’s other representative in Rio, is tied alongside Harrington on minus one in a tie for 22nd.
Matt Kuchar remains the USA’s best hope on four under par, one shot better than compatriot Bubba Watson, who holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par four fifth as part of a round of 67.
Golf returns to the Olympics in Rio following a sustained absence, and tomorrow will be the first ever ‘moving day’ at the Games for 112 years.
Olympic Men’s Golf, Day 2 Leaderboard
-10 Marcus Fraser (Australia)
-9 Thomas Pieters (Belgium)
-8 Henrik Stenson (Sweden)
-6 Gregory Bourdy (France), Justin Rose (Great Britain)
-5 Rafa Cabrera Bello (Spain), Graham de Laet (Canada) Danny Lee (South Korea), Fabian Gomez (Argentina)
-4 Alex Cejka (Germany), Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark), Seamus Power (Ireland), Cheng Tsung Pan (Chinese Taipei)
-1 Padraig Harrington (Ireland), Danny Willett (Great Britain)
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