McIlroy Puts Fear Into His BMW PGA Rivals With Wentworth Equal Low

Wentworth, Surrey ….

Rory McIlroy brilliantly struck fear into his BMW PGA rivals soaring to the top of the leader-board with an equal low Wentworth score heading to the weekend in leafy Surrey.

McIlroy, and for a first time in two dozen loops of the ‘Burma Road’ course, didn’t drop a shot in a round of 65 as he targets pro career win number 24.

The World No. 8 is nursing his way back into winning form after his final round Masters showing and also missing the cut in his last event, the Players Championship.

McIlroy ended his round with a commanding four-shot leading cushion before England’s Sam Horsfield cut that to three with his score of 68 for a nine-under par tally.

McIlroy’s previous best Wentworth score was third 65 on day three of the 2009 event and where he went onto finish fifth.

Since then McIlroy’s lowest was Thursday’s 67 while his best opening 36-hole effort was just five-under on route to BMW PGA victory in 2014.

Rory McIlroy the centre of BMW PGA media attention following his second round 65. (Photo @tourmiss)

“I played really well, to go bogey-free around here, and I think I only missed one green, not by a lot,” he said.

“It was one of the best rounds of golf I’ve played this year, ball-striking-wise. There’s still a couple of loose shots in there, like the one on 18 but overall it was a great round of golf.

“I just had everything sort of firing today and it was nice to take advantage of the opportunities I gave myself.”

McIlroy capped his round with four birdies in succession from the 12th hole, and the pick landing his tee shot at the par three 14th to just two feet and for a second birdie in succession at 14.

But if there was any disappointment in McIlroy’s sizzling display it was, and for a second day running, not to birdie the closing two holes and both par-5s.

“I’ve made four pars there when I really should be making at least two birdies, but I played the other par 5s well,” he said.

“So, it all balances itself out but I would to play those two holes a little better tomorrow.”

The last occasion McIlroy’s name appeared after two days atop of a European Tour leader-board was earlier year in taking a two-shot lead into the closing two days of the Dubai Desert Classic.

McIlroy lost the event by one but now after a ‘I have moved on from what happened at the Masters’ demeanour there would be plenty now ready to back McIlroy to win what would be also his 14th European Tour title.

If so, he would equal the number of wins enjoyed by Sergio Garcia, Greg Norman, Retief Goosen and fellow Ulsterman Darren Clarke.

McIlroy would then be only one Tour victory shy of matching the winning effort in Europe of Padraig Harrington but then McIlroy’s would not be drawn into any talk of victory with still two rounds to contest.

“It would be great to win and that’s all you ask for is giving yourself a chance every week,” he said.

“I’ve put myself in a good position after two days. Hopefully I’m in a good position after three days and then it will be nice to get out there hopefully on Sunday in a position where I can try to win a golf tournament and that would give me a huge bit of confidence going into the summer.”


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