Justin Rose is playing in his first Colonial since 2010 and after firing a second round 64, the 2013 U.S. Open champion may be well on his way to making a stop in Fort Worth an annual occurrence.
Rose was on fire for his first 15 holes, then held on through his final three to post the 10-under score that would survive the afternoon wave.
“The way I played through, I guess through my first 15 holes today, was about as good as I’ve played in a long time,” Rose said.
When asked why he had not played at Colonial in nearly a decade.
“I feel like if I didn’t play here it was going to be a little spotty going into the U.S. Open. I felt like I wanted to play enough golf where I would have a good read on my game going into Shinnecock,” Rose said. “So rather than the venue it was more the timing, but it’s obviously it’s just such a bonus to be on a great layout like this.”
Being that Colonial Country Club was the site of the U.S. Open in 1941, it only makes sense that golfers who have won U.S. Opens would have success at the classic Fort Worth course.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is playing in his first Fort Worth Invitational and after an opening round 70, he was dialed in on Friday en route to firing a 7-under 63.
“I feel like I’ve been playing well. I just haven’t put four days together,” Koepka said. “I feel like it’s trending in the right direction. I actually feel like exactly where I was last year at the same time.
“Hopefully in a couple weeks’ time, it’ll be the same result,” Koepka added.
Rickie Fowler is playing in his first Colonial since 2014 and finds himself in the mix in tie for 15th at 4-under.
Jordan Spieth, who has a win and two runner-ups in the last three years at Colonial, heads into the weekend in a tie for 23rd at 3-under.
After finishing second in his tournament debut last year, Jon Rahm enters the weekend at 2-under in a tie for 34th.
Matt Kuchar saw his consecutive cuts string of 30 snapped at last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson, but he started a new streak this week as he sits in a tie for 51st after the second round.
Adam Scott, a winner at Colonial in 2014, made the cut on the number at +2.