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Simpson matches Oak Hill course record

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Updated: 8/09/2013 2:30 pm

Rochester, NY (Sports Network) - Webb Simpson was 5-over par through eight holes on Thursday, but rallied to shoot 72. He continued that rally on Friday.

The 2012 U.S. Open champion mixed seven birdies and a lone bogey in a round of 6-under 64 on Friday. Simpson matched the course record on Oak Hill's East Course.

Simpson matched the mark set by a couple of World Golf Hall of Famers -- Ben Hogan in 1942 and Curtis Strange, who matched the record in 1989.

"I wasn't aware that 64 was the course record, but I was thinking about the major championship record. I wasn't sure if it was 63, I thought it was, so I was thinking about that coming down the last few holes," Simpson admitted. "It was playing long, nothing was easy. I think the only thing the rain made it easier was the greens were softer so you could be a little more aggressive with your irons shots."

On Friday, Simpson started on the 10th and collected birdies on his first two holes. After a pair of pars, Simpson birdied the 14th to move to minus-3 for the day and 1-under par for the championship.

Simpson gutted out five straight pars in the worst of the morning rain. He soared into contention with back-to-back birdies from the second, and again from the fifth.

Standing at 5-under for the championship after four birdies in a 5-hole span, Simpson tripped to a bogey at the seventh. He closed with a pair of pars to post 64.

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