McIlroy poised to strike as two lead

Simpson’s second straight 67 gave him a 10-under total of 134, tied with first-round leader Streb, who carded a 69.

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Published: Mon 18 May 2015, 1:04 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:16 PM

Charlotte — Webb Simpson fired seven birdies in a five-under 67 to grab a share of the lead alongside Robert Streb on Friday at Quail Hollow, where world number one Rory McIlroy was poised for a weekend push.

Simpson’s second straight 67 gave him a 10-under total of 134, tied with first-round leader Streb, who carded a 69.

They were two strokes in front of Americans Martin Flores and Patrick Rodgers, Flores posting a 67 and Rodgers a 68 for eight-under 136.

McIlroy, meanwhile, made the most of his good breaks, firing five birdies without a bogey in a 67 that left him tied for fifth on 137 alongside five-time major champion Phil Mickelson (66) and Will MacKenzie (68). McIlroy opened his round with an impressive birdie at the par-five 10th, where he rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt from off the green. “It’s always nice to start the day with a putt like that,” said McIlroy, who missed five fairways but found the green at each of those holes.

“Thankfully, it went my way today,” said McIlroy, who captured his first US PGA Tour title at Quail Hollow in 2010. McIlroy thought his score could have been even better, but he wasn’t complaining. — AFP



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