It says so much about Rory McIlroy’s talent, if not his star power, that he was able to make a bigger splash on the second day of The Players Championship here than Tiger Woods. While the 14-time major-winner hit two in the water at the infamous 17th, McIlroy shot a brilliant 65 to take a share of the lead alongside England’s Tommy Fleetwood. What a weekend we have in store at the PGA Tour’s flagship event. McIlroy and Fleetwood will go out in the last group on Saturday, trying to stay on track to end the United Kingdom’s 32-year barren run in this tournament. They have a three-shot advantage over a group in third, including Ian Poulter, who fired a 66 on an enthralling day in which the conditions allowed the world’s best to take aim at the pins. With respect to Fleetwood, McIlroy must be the favourite, despite his recent troubles in getting over the winning line. When he birdied the 18th for a 67, Fleetwood must have believed he would have a commanding cushion. The 28-year-old from Southport went through the first three holes in four-under – courtesy of a holed bunker shot for an eagle on the par-five second -… Read full this story
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