Max Homa fired a second-round 62 to maneuver two away from Chris Kirk on the BMW Championship; Matt Fitzpatrick three again with Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler 5 behind; watch the third spherical stay on Saturday from 3pm through the crimson button on Sky Sports activities Golf, forward of full protection from 6pm
By Ali Stafford
Final Up to date: 18/08/23 11:03pm
Rory McIlroy was unable to construct on his quick begin to the BMW Championship as Max Homa opened a two-shot midway lead over Chris Kirk in Illinois.
McIlroy held a share of the lead after the opening day and made a powerful begin to spherical two by rolling in from 12 ft on the third, with the reigning FedExCup champion holing from 10 ft to avoid wasting par on the seventh as he reached the flip in 34.
The world No 2 ended a run of pars when a wayward drive into the timber on the par-five fifteenth resulted in a penalty drop and a bogey, with McIlroy unable so as to add to his birdie tally alongside the closing stretch on his approach to a level-par 70 at Olympia Fields Nation Membership.
-10 Max Homa (USA)
-8 Chris Kirk (USA)
-7 Brian Harman (USA), Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng)
Others: -5 Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Scottie Scheffler (USA); +2 Jon Rahm (Esp)
McIlroy heads into the weekend in a five-way tie for fifth place on 5 underneath, whereas Homa charged high of the leaderboard by mixing 10 birdies with two bogeys in a surprising second-round 62.
“Fairly mediocre,” McIlroy stated about his spherical. One birdie, one bogey. Gave myself tons of probabilities. I felt like I hit good putts, simply hit a number of edges and the ball simply form of slid by. I do not really feel like I performed too completely different to how I performed yesterday, I simply received a bit extra out of my spherical yesterday.”
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Homa took benefit of the par-five first and made three birdies in 4 holes from the seventh, solely to fail to rise up and down from the greenside bunker on the par-three eighth and shut a front-nine 32.
The American made 5 birdies in a six-hole stretch from the Tenth and scrambled a bogey on the par-three sixteenth after almost discovering water off the tee, then holed from 20 ft on the subsequent to get again to 10 underneath.
Kirk posted a second successive 66 to seize solo second forward of Open champion Brian Harman and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick, who carded rounds of 68 and 67 respectively, whereas Justin Rose opened with 4 straight birdies on his approach to a four-under 66.
Rose is joined on 5 underneath by McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Harris English and world No 1 Scottie Scheffler – who struggled on the greens once more and registered only one birdie in a bogey-free 69 – with two-time defending champion Patrick Cantlay an additional stroke again in tied-Tenth.
FedExCup chief Jon Rahm dropped to tied-Thirty fifth and 12 strokes off the lead after a second-round 74, whereas Eire’s Ryder Cup hopeful Seamus Energy props up the leaderboard after rounds of 76 and 72.
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