Rose, Gillis knoted at the Honda Classic

On a day at PGA National Brian Harman flirted with a 59, only to come up two strokes short to break the course record. Two players sit tied atop the 2012 Honda Classic leader board at eight-under par.

Tom Gillis and Justin Rose.

The Englishmen Rose began his day on the back-nine of the Champions course in round two.

With lower scores seemingly coming from the morning wave players. The 31-year old held that standard up.

Rose carded four birdies on the back-nine (his front) en route to going out in 31. Two of those birdies were on No.'s 15 and 16. Two holes in the much publicised, 'Bear Trap'.

When asked about PGA National not yielding low scores traditional like the ones we saw today. Rose responded, " I think when it blows around here, what I like about it is, par holds its position nicely and if you do go go out and play really, really, well you can make big inroads."

"The year I finished third here, I shot 67, 64 on the weekend and think went from around the cut line to third. And this weekend, there will be guys who go out and shoot 67s and 66s. It's just where they stack up right now."

"So obviously the halfway point, just see where everybody stands; but the guy who is going to win is going to play great this weekend."

Rose matched his opening round score of 66 to end up in a tie for the lead at eight-under par.

Gillis, on the other hand did not have a good of round on Friday as Rose did. The Michigan native opened the Honda Classic with a two-under, 68.

Round two was a much better day for 22 year pro.

Gillis didn't exactly light up the course on his front nine. Going out in 33. He saved four of his six birdies of the day for back nine.

Opening with a par on No. 10, he went on to birdie 11, followed back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14. And one last birdie to close the round out on No. 18.

Gillis was asked about the importance of putting up a solid number, before the afternoon winds start to pick up in Palm Beach Gardens.

"I've never led out here after two days, so it was kind of like‑‑ kind of wanted to do that this week. I don't know why."

"Yeah, hope it keeps blowing to be honest with you. (Laughter). It probably will. Traditionally that's what it does down here. Throughout the day it strengthens."

"I don't think it's supposed to get any more than 13 or 15. But this place, you get into 20‑mile‑an‑hour, gusting up there to 30, this place becomes a whole different beast. It's very, very difficult. But I'm happy."

The pair will share the 36 hole lead at eight-under, heading into round three on Saturday afternoon.

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