Friday 19 January 2018

Rory McIlroy just makes the cut in Ohio

Rory McIlroy in Ohio
Rory McIlroy in Ohio

Bill Haas saw his three-stroke lead cut to one by Charl Schwartzel as the delayed second round was finally completed at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio on Saturday morning.

Haas had completed his second round of 67 on Friday when rain brought an end to play which left Rory McIlroy just two shots clear of the cut after shooting four under for his incomplete round following a first day 78.

McIlroy had completed 14 holes but was one of 42 players who faced an early start today to finish off their second rounds.

In the end the Northern Irishman survived the cut which was made at three over, one of 73 to make it into today's third round but with thunderstorms threatening there was a chance of further disruption.

McIlroy still had to get up and down for par on the 18th after bogeys on both 16 and 17.

"Happy to be in on the weekend and a couple of rounds to work on things," McIlroy told the PGA Tour website.

"But I need to commit more to my shots and not guide the ball as much, I guess, just let it go."

Schwartzel, who opened with a 65, returned to complete a second round with birdies on 17 and 18 to move to eight under, one behind Haas.

Schwartzel said: "I thought this morning we would actually get luckier than we did. But the winds are really up."

Kyle Stanley is alone in third at seven under after returning to the 14th and sinking a three foot putt to make birdie.

Stanley parred the next four holes to card a 70 as he bids to add to two top 10 finishes in his last four starts.

Bubba Watson had four pars to finish his second round 67 this morning to reach six under and a tie with Matt Kuchar who had finished his second round on Friday.

Defending champion Tiger Woods lay on one over par after two rounds and with a lot of ground to make up.

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