Rory McIlroy is just two shots behind leader Adam Scott at the halfway mark of the WGC-Cadillac Championship after a much-improved performance on the greens in a superb second round of 65 in Miami.
The Northern Irishman’s new left-below-right putting grip proved an inspired move as he took just 23 strokes with the short stick, holing 100 feet of putts over 18 holes at Trump National Doral, including a 20ft conversion for birdie on the last.
McIlroy, who birdied four holes in a row from the fifth, is joined in second place by defending champion Dustin Johnson, who surged up the leaderboard with an eight under par round of 64, while Australian Scott, the winner of last week’s Honda Classic on the US PGA Tour, sets the pace once again on ten under par following a round of 66.
Englishman Danny Willett is three shots back in fourth position following a round of 69, while fellow European Tour members Charl Schwartzel (67) and Anirban Lahiri (70) are in a share of ninth position on four under par.
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Key player quotes
“Momentum is a huge factor. The trick is figuring out how to use it and maintain it, to keep it going from week-to-week. So far this week, I’ve done a good job. Now the weekend is a different animal and the leaderboard looks great. It’s going to be exciting and the course is, at the moment, producing good scores.
“It’s just the start you want in a World Golf Championships. But look at the leaderboard, I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing weekend out here. I hope I can keep my game at this high level for two more days and be in the hunt.”
“It was much better. I feel like I played similarly from tee-to-green. That really hasn’t been the issue over the past few weeks. But the putter really was the big difference. I holed a really good par putt on four and then I made four birdies in a row after that to get the round going. There were a lot of big momentum putts in there that I had not been holing. So to see those drop today and to be as comfortable as I was, it feels really good, and I’m obviously very happy with where I’m at going into the weekend.”
“Everything’s progressing nicely. That was the aim to keep everything going slightly better day after day, keep working hard, ticking boxes. It doesn’t always lead to good results, but fortunately it has in the past