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Justin Rose moved within a shot of the lead at the Wells Fargo Championship on a mixed day for the Brits at Quail Hollow honing their games ahead of next week's Players Championship.

Rose, the world No.10, chipped in from 70 feet for eagle at 15 and carded four birdies and a bogey to record a 5-under 67 and move to 8-under par.

Flores and Cabrera lead the way

  • American Martin Flores, seeking his maiden major PGA Tour title, holed a 105-yard pitch from the fairway to join first-round leader Angel Cabrera, who carded a 69, at the top on 9-under par.
  • World No.9 Phil Mickelson, the highest ranked player in the field, was only one back after an opening-day 67 but made three bogeys on each nine and took 34 putts in the second round.
  • "I can't believe the difference in putting from yesterday to today," the Open champion said. "Yesterday I saw every ball go in the hole and today I couldn't get them to fall, which is funny because the greens were so perfect."
  • Brendan de Jonge followed up his first-day 80 with a course-record 62. "Strange game," he said.
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Rose is finding form despite being hampered by a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for the first six weeks of the year. A tie 14th at the Masters was followed up by a share for eighth last week in New Orleans.

"Obviously you can never win it on Thursday and Friday, you can only lose it, so two solid days put me in good position for the weekend," said the 33-year-old, who has not won since his US Open triumph last June.

It was not such a good day for Rory McIlroy, who recorded back-to-back double-bogeys at holes three and four before dropping a further shot at the fifth.

McIlroy, who made his PGA Tour breakthrough at this event in 2010 but has fallen out of the world's top 10 for the first time in more than three years, recovered to sneak inside the cut line by a single shot.

"At least I made it through to the weekend," said the 24-year-old after a 4-over 76, his worst score at the course.

England's Brian Davis also scraped through, while Scot Martin Laird is sitting pretty at 5-under par.

Lee Westwood and Welshman Jamie Donaldson missed the cut, as did former Open champion Darren Clarke.

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