To use the words of the last smash hit by the late, great Elvis Presley there’s a little less ‘Twitter’ conversation and a lot more committment to his golf with Rory McIlroy in the best of form heading to next week’s defence of his U.S. Open title in snatching the lead the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
After missing three halfway cuts in succession McIlroy posted a second round 65 on the TPC Southwind course to lead by a stroke on seven under par.
“It was a really, really good round of golf out there today,” he said.
“I saw a lot of positive signs with my ball striking. Hit a lot of good iron shots and drivers. So that was something that I was really working on the last couple of weeks and feels like it’s coming together for me.
“So I’m excited t be in this position going into the week. This is really what I wanted heading into next week.
“For the time being, my mind is focused on trying to win this golf tournament and give myself a great chance of that going into the weekend.”
It has been McIlroy’s mind that has been in question in recent weeks with the 23-year old’s committment seriously questioned after he missed the halfway cut in the Players Championship, BMW PGA Championship and last week’s Jack Nicklaus hosted Memorial in Ohio.
There has also been suggestions the considerable time he’s been spending with girlfriend, Caroline Wozinacki has also been the root cause for a downturn in form.
But to McIlroy’s credit he’s answering his critics the best way possible and in front in his pursuit to win for a second time in the States this season.
Three players – J B Holmes, Jeff Maggert and Kevin Stadler – are tied in second place on six under par.