Published Saturday, 14 June 2014
Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the fourth hole. (© Getty)
The 25-year-old hit three birdies and one bogey at Pinehurst to leave him in a tie for tenth place, nine shots behind leader Martin Kaymer of Germany.
McIlroy, who won the competition in 2011, said he fancies his chances of another victory provided he can maintain the same level of form over the weekend.
He explained: "If I have a couple more 68s, I would take my chances. With a five-under total I would sit in the clubhouse happily with that.
"If someone had told me at the start of the week that I was going to be standing here one under par after 36 holes, I would have taken it.
"I would have said, 'perfect, let me play the weekend and see what happens'. But what Martin has done over the first couple of days has made one under par look pretty average.
"But I'm happy with where my game is and there's a lot of golf left to play. So we'll see what happens over the weekend."
Meanwhile Portrush man Graeme McDowell, who had got off to a strong start in the competition, slipped back to two over with a round of 74.
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