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Rose upbeat after a 70

Justin Rose insists he is still in contention at the Masters despite finishing the first two rounds on two over par.

The Englishman added a second round 70 to his opening 76 and is nine shots adrift of leader Bubba Watson.

But Rose is feeling confident heading into the weekend, telling Sky Sports: "A 70 is good. It is really playing very difficult out there.

"I was in a group out there who have won many majors - Ernie (Els) and Phil (Mickelson)- and we were all just pretty amused by how difficult it was. None of us were really getting it going. It was more survival out there, more of a struggle.

"When I had the ball in the water at 12 yesterday I was looking at going seven over or more, so I think I am happy at being back at two over."

The US Open champion reckons he can still mount a challenge over the weekend, adding: "Although that is perceived to be a long way behind, I feel that is just about still in it."

"Bubba may have a decent lead but you almost have to take the leader out of it sometimes and look at the pack.

"If a guy stretches out and plays grreta and wins by five, six, seven there is nothing you can do. You have kind of got to see how the field is playing at large."