Published Friday, 18 October 2013
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the sixth tee. (© Getty)
The world number six from Holywood shot a two-under round of 69 on day two of the competition at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club course near Cheonan.
McIlroy had ups and downs in his opening nine with two birdies and one bogey after four holes and three dropped shots from 14 to 16 - but the 24-year-old bounced back to land five birdies in his next 10 holes, before finishing with a bogey on his last.
It leaves him in a tie for fifth place.
"Pretty good so far," said Rory, summing up his performance on the second day of his comeback from a month-long break.
"There was a few sloppy shots, or sloppily played holes. I made the bogeys on the back nine (his first nine) which wasn't great but most of the other stuff was actually pretty solid. I hit some good shots and made some good birdies so it was good.
"I'm driving the ball very well and for the most part my iron play is pretty good, but I definitely missed a few opportunities out there. I definitely could have been a few shots better, but I'm in a good position going into the weekend and that's all you can ask for.
"After that stretch (of bogeys) today on the back nine I turned it around and played the last 10 holes in four under, so it was a pretty good effort.
"I was a little disappointed to bogey the last there, but it was good for the most part."
The four players ahead of McIlroy are all South Korean, with Hong Soon-sang leading the charge after carding a bogey-free three-under-par 68, to leave him five under.
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