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Justin Rose looking forward to Open weekend

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Justin Rose is looking forward to the weekend of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool after he carded a two under par second round.

The Englishman, whose 70 went with his first round 72, managed an eagle on Friday and believes he can build momentum during the weekend.

Momentum

"Hopefully now I've ridden out the tough times and I can go on a run this weekend," Rose told BBC Sport.

"I've got a lot of work ahead of me but it's nice to be through two rounds. We've had the harder end of the draw and I've kept myself in touch."

The 33-year old also feels that he has had to deal with the wrong end of conditions at times during the two days and is hoping for more luck during Saturday and Sunday.

Still in touch

"I've got a lot of work ahead of me but it's nice to be through two rounds. We've had the harder end of the draw and I've kept myself in touch."

Rose began the day on even par but last year's US Open winner bogeyed the seventh hole. However, he chipped in for birdie on the ninth before a magnificent eagle on the 10th finishing his round on 70.

Reigning champion Phil Mickelson finished has reached the half-way point at level par and is expected to be a long way back from the leaders when he tees off on Saturday.

Shoot low

Rain is forecast early on Saturday but Mickelson believes that this will enable him to score a low round and keep his faint hopes alive.

"If the wind stays up, absolutely I am [still in the tournament]. The conditions are supposed to get softer this afternoon and if that's the case I'll be quite a way back," Mickelson said.

"But [on Saturday] when the conditions come in, there's going to be a lot of scores that go five, six, seven over par. If I can shoot something under par, I'll be right in it for Sunday."

World number one Adam Scott will go into the weekend in contention as he sits on three under par. He finished with two birdies on the second day to leave him on one over par to follow up his impressive four under par on Thursday.

Significant improvement

Last year's Masters champion is aware he needs to make a significant improvement if he's wants to win the year's third major.

He said: "It was tough to make putts out there and it was one of those grinding days on the links. Being under par is good but being a little closer to the lead is nice.

"I'm playing very well, I just have to eliminate those mistakes and play a little tougher over the weekend I think."

Bubba's miracle

Meanwhile Bubba Watson is in need of a "miracle" to make the weekend. He was unable to make amends after a four over par on Thursday as he carded an even par second round to leave him two shots adrift of the projected cut.

He said: "I can't wait to get back to see my wife and child. If I make the cut, if somehow a miracle happens, I'll be ready to go tomorrow and be pumped up about it.

"But I don't let stuff linger, I'm not that kind of a person. I've got more issues to worry about than missed putts."

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Adam Scott
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The Open
Bubba Watson
Justin Rose
Phil Mickleson

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