Justin Rose produced a sparkling finish to get within two strokes of the lead at the halfway stage of the SMBC Singapore Open.

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The former world No 1 birdied three of his last four holes to post a five-under 66 at Sentosa Golf Club and stay in touch with halfway leader Jazz Janewattananond.

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Rose started the day three strokes back and slipped further behind with a three-putt bogey at the first, only to birdie the second and fourth on his way to reaching the turn in 35.

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The Englishman got up and down from off the 10th green to save par and picked up a shot at the 12th, before following back-to-back gains from the 15th with a two-putt gain at the last.

Rose sits on eight under and in tied-fourth alongside Matt Kuchar, who mixed seven birdies with two bogeys and a double-bogey in his second-round 68, while Henrik Stenson slipped down the leaderboard into tied-23rd after a one-over 72.

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“It was quite breezy this morning and there were some difficult holes out there,” Kuchar said. “I am glad that it was another good round today and I am in a good position for the weekend.”