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Justin Rose leads the charge but McIlroy still in hunt

By Staff Reporter

Justin Rose remained on course for his third win in four events and a second World Golf Championship title in the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron. Rose, who celebrated his 34th birthday on Wednesday, had carded a flawless opening 65 at Firestone Country Club to lie just one shot behind overnight leader Marc Leishman.

And the former US Open champion, who won back-to-back events for the first time in his career before finishing 23rd in the Open Championship last month, overtook Leishman at the top of the leaderboard with a 67 to finish eight under par.

Australia's Leishman had earlier added a 69 to his opening 64 to lie seven under, one ahead of American Rickie Fowler, who matched the 67 of his playing partner Rose, who won the WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2012.

Rose, who was second behind Tiger Woods in this event in 2007, said: "It was a stark contrast to my round yesterday when I scrambled it around and made everything.

"Today I hit it much closer to the hole, gave myself plenty of looks and didn't quite make as many.

"I began to putt a bit better on the back nine, hit my lines."

In-form Open champion Rory McIlroy was well in the hunt on five under par through 15 holes of his second round.

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