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.”
Rory McIlroy’s Round-2 Scorecard
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