Dublin, July 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – July 2, 2021): Rory McIlroy is back in the race to win the Irish Open after posting a score of 67 in the second round on Friday.
McIlroy is five under par at the halfway point as the Northern Ireland star followed his first round score of 72 with an impressive day two.
The four-time major champion is five shots behind leader Dale Whitnell after the Englishman posted a second straight 67.
McIlroy felt he could have done even better after hitting his first 10 five-under holes before eight straight runs.
“I had a better start and once you do that you make a few birdies early on, you start to feel like you can do a few more,” said McIlroy.
“The greens were a lot better this morning than yesterday afternoon too, so it was a little easier to putts on and that’s what I really did.” McIlroy initially had a poor Irish Open record and missed the cup for three consecutive years.
He won at the K Club in 2016 and donated the prize money to his foundation, which hosted the event.
“Everything was a little better today and that added to a better score,” he added.
“It could have been a little better than it was, playing the two par-fives tied on the first nine. I also missed a few chances, but it was better.”