Rory McIlroy Rockets Up the Leaderboard at the Wells Fargo Championship

Rory McIlroy Wells Fargo Championship
Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the 11th tee during the second round of the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 07, 2021 in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton via Getty Images)

After an opening-round 72, Rory McIlroy bounced back on Friday with a low-round 66 to rocket 66 spots up the leaderboard at the Wells Fargo Championship.

The recently turned 32-year old, who began his day on tee No. 10, started out less than spectacular, posting four straight pars, including a 5 on the par-5 10th – the third easiest hole on the course. But a birdie on the par-4 14th ignited an eight-hole stretch of five birdies (Nos. 14, 15, 17, 1, and 3) for the struggling Northern Irishman.

The two-time Wells Fargo winner would offset his lone bogey (no No. 4) of the day with a sixth birdie (on No. 8) to settle on 4-under par for the tournament.

To recap: On the range this morning, McIlroy sat T73 on 1-over par. Four hours later, after taking 66 whacks at his Taylormade golf ball, he was tied for seventh at 4-under par 138.

“Yeah, it was, it was better. The one thing that I was really happy about coming in here this week was my iron play, felt like I really found something last week,” said McIlroy.

“Maybe didn’t show — I didn’t get a chance to show it yesterday because I wasn’t finding the fairway very much, but today, just having some more opportunities to hit good iron shots and give myself birdie chances, I was able to show it a bit today and it was nice.

“Played the par 3s, I hit some really good shots into the par 3s and that’s something that I haven’t been doing for the last few months, so that was nice.”

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