sport news Justin Rose suffers a rare missed cut at the inaugural Saudi International

Justin Rose suffers a rare missed cut as Dustin Johnson surges clear at the inaugural Saudi International Dustin Johnson surged into the halfway lead at the Saudi International on Friday Johnson carded an eagle and seven birdies to set a new course record of 61   Justin Rose missed just his second cut since August 2017, a total of 36 events 

By Phil Casey, Press Association Sport Golf Correspondent

Published: 21:20 GMT, 1 February 2019 | Updated: 21:20 GMT, 1 February 2019

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Dustin Johnson surged into the halfway lead as world No 1 Justin Rose suffered a rare missed cut in the inaugural Saudi International.

Johnson carded an eagle and seven birdies to set a new course record of 61 at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, eclipsing the mark of 63 established by Belgium's Thomas Pieters on day one of the £2.6million event.

That left the world No 3 with a three-shot lead over China's Li Haotong and South African Zander Lombard, with Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti and Australia's Scott Hend a shot further back.

World No 1 Justin Rose suffered a rare missed cut at the inaugural Saudi International

World No 1 Justin Rose suffered a rare missed cut at the inaugural Saudi International

Rose came into the week on the back of winning his 10th PGA Tour title in the Farmers Insurance Open, but a double bogey on the 16th proved costly as a second round of 72 meant the 38-year-old missed just his second cut since August 2017, a total of 36 events.

'The mistakes I made I felt were due to trying to chase the cut and that doesn't happen if I had putted a bit better the first day,' said Rose, whose last early exit from a regular European Tour event was in Hong Kong in December 2011.

'I actually played really nicely day one. Today I felt not as good, but I think the mistakes were more because I was behind the eight-ball trying to get into

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