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Rory McIlroy held it together for once on Friday, stifling his trend of second day woes with a round of 66 at Royal Liverpool links.
McIlroy shot back-to-back rounds of 66, which has him sitting alone at the top of the leaderboard at 12-under par. This is the first time in his career McIlroy has a firm grip on the Claret jug.
“I have an inner peace on the golf course,” McIlroy said. “I just feel very comfortable. I’m very comfortable in this position. I’m very comfortable doing what I’m doing right now.
The 25-year-old returned to his competitive edge thanks to some favorable weather conditions. He and the rest of the afternoon starters played a course that was roughly three strokes easier after lunch then before according to The Guardian.
Dustin Johnson is four strokes off the lead, while six player sit at six-under par with a share of third place entering day three.
Tiger Woods shot a 77 on day two, putting him at the edge of the cut line at two-over par. Woods made birdie on No. 18 to make the cut and avoid missing back-to-back cuts for the first time in his career according to CBS.