Players Championship: Rory McIlroy makes late surge to join Tommy Fleetwood in halfway lead

Rory McIlroy is targeting ravishing his 2nd PGA Tour take since 2016
Avid gamers Championship 2nd-round leaderboard
-12T Fleetwood (Eng), R McIlroy (NI);-9J Furyk (US), B Harman (US), I Poulter (Eng), A Ancer (Mex);-8Okay Kisner (US), Okay Mitchell (US), J Day (Aus)
Selected others:-7D Johnson (US);-6R Knox (Sco), Okay Bradley (US);-4J Rose (Eng), E Pepperell (Eng);-3T Woods (US), M Fitzpatrick (Eng);-2M Wallace (Eng)
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Rory McIlroy made an spectacular leisurely surge to hitch Tommy Fleetwood within the lead of the Avid gamers Championship on 12 beneath after round two at Sawgrass.

The Northern Irishman, 29, made three birdies and an eagle on the encourage nine to card a astonishing seven-beneath-par 65.

England’s Fleetwood, 28, had earlier hit a 67, making five birdies and two bogeys and likewise holing a bunker shot for eagle on the 2nd.

“I wish to ravishing retain doing the same things,” McIlroy told Sky Sports actions.

“It didn’t happen for me final week but I did so many actual things and or now not it’s been nice to be twiddling with confidence.”

McIlroy and Fleetwood lead a community of 4 gamers, including Englishman Ian Poulter, by three shots in Florida.

Four-time major winner McIlroy is chasing his first PGA Tour take for the explanation that Arnold Palmer Invitational in March final 300 and sixty five days.

“I felt in truth comfortable and I enjoyed it,” he added.

“I will strive and retain that point of curiosity and commit. Two rounds is a lengthy, very lengthy time but I’ve build myself in a actual arena.”

Poulter hit a 66 that featured an eagle, seven birdies, a bogey and one double bogey to support out on nine beneath.

He is joined by Mexican Abraham Ancer and Americans Brian Harman and Jim Furyk, who shot a intellectual 64.

World #1 Dustin Johnson is on seven beneath after a 68 while compatriot Keegan Bradley, who shared the in a single day lead with Fleetwood, slipped encourage to 6 beneath after a 73.

Scotland’s Russell Knox is also on six beneath, two strokes sooner than world quantity two Justin Rose, who recovered from a first-round 74 with a 66 on Friday, while fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell is also on four beneath.

Tiger Woods is a stroke extra encourage after carding a 71 that included a quadruple bogey on the par-three 17th when the 14-time major winner hit two balls within the water.

“I became lovely ticked,” he talked about. “I became resolute to receive it all encourage.

“As an alternative of 17 I essentially have not performed an entire bunch atrocious. Somebody who makes the decrease has an opportunity.”

In diverse locations, Englishman Matt Wallace, who’s writing a day-to-day diary for BBC Sport, is on two beneath, while compatriot Matthew Fitzpatrick is a shot ahead.

A couple of extensive names neglected the decrease, which became situation at one beneath.

Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth every completed at one over, with Tyrrell Hatton, Danny Willett and Phil Mickelson three shots extra encourage.

Paul Casey could maybe maybe additionally now not enhance from a gap-round 78 and ended on eight over.

The BBC Sport web situation will respect dwell textual boom updates of Saturday’s third round and Sunday’s final round from 18:00 GMT on every days.

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