Golf: Rory McIlroy stays in contention in Korea Open


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Rory McIlroy remains in contention at the Kolon Korea Open after carding a second round score of 69, but it turned out to be a day of missed chances.

McIlroy started his round on the 10th and looked to be on course for a great day when he picked up three birdies from the opening four holes.

However things took a turn for the worse from the 12th as he bogeyed four out of five holes to finish his first nine holes one over for the day.

The former world number one got his act together on the front nine with birdies at the first, fifth, seventh and eighth, before a sloppy bogey at the ninth took the shine off his recovery.

Even so McIlroy remains in good shape on three under and is now looking to get himself in an even better position on Saturday ahead of the final round.

“I’m driving the ball very well and for the most part my iron play is pretty good,” McIlroy said.

“But I definitely missed a few opportunities out there. I definitely could have been a few shots better, but I’m in a good position going into the weekend and that’s all you can ask for.

“I don’t need to go out there and be overly aggressive, but I just want to get myself into a good position for Sunday if possible.”

McIlroy is three shots behind tournament leader Hong Soon-Sang, who carded a second round score of 68 at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club course near Cheonan.

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