Xander Schauffele boosted his chances of securing the final berth on the US Ryder Cup team, firing a six-under par 64 Friday to seize a two-stroke lead after the second round of the PGA BMW Championship.
But consecutive bogeys at his 16th and 17th holes put paid to that notion, before he birdied the par-five ninth after hoisting a five-wood second shot to the heart of the green.
The 14-time major champion, nearing the end of his comeback campaign from spinal fusion surgery, made seven birdies and an eagle against a lone bogey to stand atop the early leaderboard at Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia. I got a couple rounds in front of me, 36 holes to try and win this tournament.
"I hope we play", McIlroy said. "This was the shot of the entire day, a three-iron from 230 (yards) and I just laced it up in the air", the 42-year-old said. He finished with two straight bogeys for a 70, leaving him five shots behind in a tie for 12th. I didn't make any putts.
"I've been monkeying around with it throughout the summer at home in the back yard and made a decision to put it back in the bag today".
Day missed the cut in the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston last week but he remains projected to go to the Tour Championship in Atlanta later this month inside the top 10 on the season-long points standings.
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She was beaten by world number 12 Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-1 in the last eight at the French Open this year in a one-sided match. Naomi Osaka reached her first grand slam quarter-final with a 6-3 2-6 6-4 victory over fellow 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka .
"Got off to a better start than I have most of the season".
They had a one-shot lead over Xander Schauffele. That round was easily six or seven under par, and I turned into even par, which is not what I needed to do today.
"It's not like I've had a bad year", he said after a round that included a 40-foot birdie at the 11th hole.
As much as fans want to see Tiger succeed, it's hard to stomach the subjective enthusiasm seeping out of the broadcast booth. "I have to make birdies and try and keep pace and this golf course is playing soft and getable, and tomorrow will be the same thing".
Japan's Hideto Tanihara shot a four-under 66 to lead by two strokes from Matthew Fitzpatrick, Dane Lucas Bjerregaard and Doug Ghim on nine-under par.