Published Saturday, 23 August 2014
Rory McIlroy bounced back into contention after a 65 second round. (© Getty)
The world number one ended the second round five shots behind joint leaders Adam Scott and Cameron Tringale heading into this weekend's Barclays Championship final rounds.
McIlroy is looking to add to his victories at the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship, but his poor start on Thursday when he carded a 74, left him nine shots behind pacesetter Bo Van Pelt.
Friday's brilliant recovery included three birdies on the front nine and three more on his way back - including the 12th and 13th holes, where he dropped three shots in total on the first day.
He told Sky Sports, "After not really touching a club this week, I felt a little bit rusty out there. It didn't take long on the range, maybe an hour, and I'm glad I did it because I played really well."
McIlroy's efforts left him on three under for the tournament along with Sergio Garcia 68 and Charl Schwartzel 70, although they were some way off Adam Scott, the world number two and defending champion who matched McIlroy's 65 while American Cameron Tringale followed up his opening-day 66 with a 68.
Scott and Tringale hold a one-shot lead over a group of three Americans in second place, Kevin Chappell 67, Brendon Todd 69 and Jim Furyk 69.
Portrush golfer Graeme McDowell is four under after 36 holes going into Saturday's third round.
Swede Henrik Stenson leads the European challenge on six under after a 64, alongside Scotland's Russel Knox, who shot a two-under-par 69.
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