TORONTO, CANADA (AFP) – Rory McIlroy charged into contention but American Wyndham Clark fired a level par 70 to maintain a one-stroke lead after yesterday’s second round of the US PGA Tour’s Canadian Open.
World number 293 Clark, who led by one stroke after day one, made bogeys on two of the last four holes to stand on seven-under 133 after 36 holes at St George’s Golf and Country Club in suburban Toronto.
“Overall I played really good. I felt really confident with my game,” Clark said. “I had some little mishaps coming in, but other than that I played some great golf for 36 holes. If I do that again, I’ll have a great chance come Sunday.”
Northern Ireland’s eighth-ranked McIlroy – the 2019 winner and defending champion after COVID-19 caused a two-year hiatus – birdied two of the last four holes to shoot 68 and share second on 134 with England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick and Americans Keith Mitchell, Jim Knous and Alex Smalley.
Four-time major winner McIlroy sank an eight-foot birdie putt at the par-5 15th and rolled in a 23-foot birdie putt at 17 before parring the last with a clutch four-foot putt.
“Overall it was a good score,” McIlroy said.