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Rose is at No. 34 and still looking at this week as having nothing to lose — he wasn’t in the top 30 when he arrived at Cog Hill, so the Englishman figures he could only give it his best shot. That’s not to suggest he is firing at every pin. Rose patiently picked his spots in the second round, and cashed in late with the eagle and birdie.

“I think it’s more of a mental shift,” he said. “It’s not putting pressure on yourself, it’s not getting frustrated out there, it’s having the ability to stay a little more patient, and I think that’s what I’m feeling this week.”

Phil Mickelson is not feeling it. He started his round by missing three birdie putts inside 8 feet — two of them from inside 4 feet — and then had four bogeys on his back nine for a 73 that put him 14 shots behind.

Luke Donald, the world No. 1, bounced back from an opening 75 with a 66 that at least got him to under par. Despite his noble effort, the NCAA champion from Northwestern learned he had a 7:35 a.m. starting time Saturday because of the conflict with NBC Sports and Notre Dame.

Donald ended his day with this tweet: “Thanks Notre Dame for my 7.35am tee time. I knew there was a reason why I didn’t like you!”