Rory McIlroy makes move in weather-affected round two in Olympics golf
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Rory McIlroy has made his move in round two of the Olympics golf event, shooting a five-under-par, 66 in his second 18 holes of the tournament. The 32-year-old’s second round was split into two after adverse weather conditions caused a two hour suspension of play at Kasumigaseki Country Club. This didn’t seem to hamper McIlroy though, as he cantered into contention in Tokyo.
The four-time major champion began round two at two-under par following an opening 69 on day one, leaving him tied in 20th six shots behind 18-hole leader Sepp Straka.
On day two the Northern Irishman looked to bridge the gap between himself and the Olympic podium places, starting his second round with five straight pars, before a run of birdie, birdie, eagle on six, seven and eight took him to four-under for his round at the turn.
The world number 13 then dropped his first shot of the day on the par four, 11th but quickly bounced back with a third birdie of the day on the 12th to return to four-under-par.
Three further birdies and a bogey on 18 would follow, leaving the two-time PGA Championship winner at seven-under-par for the tournament.
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Speaking ahead of the Olympic event following his tied-46th finish at this year’s Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, McIlroy seemed apprehensive about the prospect of taking part in this week’s Games in Tokyo, describing it ‘as not much to look forward to’.
The Irishman said: “I don’t know if there is much to look forward to [about the Olympics], It’s obviously going to be a very different environment.”
Despite these doubts the 19-time PGA Tour winner looked to have had a change in mindset following his opening round after the 32-year-old seemed inspired by the spirit of the games.
After his opening 69, McIlroy commented: “I always wondered what the Olympic spirit was – you get here and you feel you’re part of something bigger than yourself. I can see this in 20, 30, 40 years time being as important as the majors.”
McIlroy has enjoyed a glittering golfing career thus far with 28 professional wins to his name.
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However, recent struggles have seen him win just one event since November 2019, after his first win in 553 days at this year’s Wells Fargo Championship in May.
The world number 13 will therefore be no doubt targeting a second win – and an Olympic gold – in Tokyo this week, after his impressive second round put him in a strong spot heading into the weekend.
Team Ireland teammate Shane Lowry also enjoyed his round two outing after carding a superb six-under, 65 like McIlroy to move to seven-under for the event at the halfway point.
Lowry’s playing partner, and Team GB athlete Tommy Fleetwood also made strides to move further up the leaderboard following his second round two-under, 69 left him three under par for the tournament.
Fleetwood’s British teammate Paul Casey continues his charge for a medal as the Englishman finds himself six-under for the tournament with seven holes of his second round to play.
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