Cantlay, McIlroy Share Halftime Lead at BMW Championship

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Rory McIlroy reacts to a shot on the fifth green during the second round of the BMW Championship on the North Course at Olympia Fields CC on Aug 28, 2020 in Olympia Fields, Illinois. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

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.

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