Open: Justin Rose three shots off the leader

Justin Rose
Justin Rose Open second-round leaderboard:
-11 B Steele (US); -9 J Vegas (Ven) W Wilcox (US) G DeLaet (Can), H Varner III (US); -8 M Laird (Sco) J Rose (Eng) R Henley (US) J Thomas (US); -7 C Knost (US) P Rodgers (US) J Henry (US) T Van Aswegen (RSA); Selected others: -5 R McIlroy (NI); -3 G Owen (Eng) -1 R Knox (Sco)

Justin Rose put himself in contention at the Open as he finished the second round three shots behind leader Brendan Steele in California.

Englishman Rose, 35, hit a three-under round of 69 to end the day in the chasing pack tied at eight under along with Scotland's Martin Laird, 32.

American Steele, 32, hit a 70 to remain top of the leaderboard on 11 under.

"I'm very happy to keep the momentum up and post a decent score, really not playing great golf," Rose told

"I played pretty scrappily, some ugly shots out there, some long par-save putts, so for me it was a really good 69."

Rory McIlroy toiled for 71 to stand five under, Northern Ireland's world number three positioned 19th.

Steele, who was the overnight leader after a breathtaking first-round 63, has a two-shot lead over compatriot Will Wilcox (67) and Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas (71).

Canada's Graham DeLaet and America's Harold Varner III are also tied for second on nine under.

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