At the halfway mark of the BMW Championship, Patrick Cantlay, and Rory McIlroy share the lead at 1-under par.
On another tough scoring day at Olympia Fields, where only eight (of 69) players shot under par, Cantlay mixed a pair of bogeys and one double with three birdies and one eagle en route to a day-two 68 and the co-marquee position alongside McIlroy.
“Yeah, it was a tough day out there. The golf course is really, really good, but it’s very, very difficult,” said Cantlay, who ranks No. 1 in the field in Strokes Gained: Around the Green.
“The chip-ins obviously helped a bunch, and you don’t do that every day, so I need to hit it a little better on the weekend.
“But for a scrambling day, it was excellent.”
McIlroy, meanwhile, shot a round of 69, featuring five birdies, to join Cantlay as the only players under par after 36 holes.
“It was really good. I got off to a nice start. A couple under through 4, 3-under through 10, sort of cruising, and then as it got later in the day, the golf course definitely became a little firmer, a little tougher,” said McIlroy.
“The wind got up a little bit. A little disappointed to drop those shots on the way in, but I think if you shoot anything under par on this golf course, you’ve got to be pretty pleased.”
Overnight leader Hideki Matsuyama was one back at even par following a round of 73. The 28-year old Japanese star was tied for third with Dustin Johnson who shot 69.
Adam Scott (69) headlined a group of five players tied for fifth on 1-over par.