Rory McIlroy fell 10 pictures off the tempo on the AT&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am as Ryder Cup team-mate Ludvig Åberg and world No 1 Scottie Scheffler earned a share of the lead with flawless Fridays.
McIlroy adopted a one-under opening spherical of 71 at Spyglass Hill, in which he was handed a two-stroke penalty for an illegal drop, with a two-over 74 at Pebble Seashore, carding three bogeys, a double bogey and three birdies to take a seat at one over for the match.
Åberg’s seven-under 65 and Scheffler’s eight-under 64 took them alongside Thomas Detry at 11 beneath in California, with Åberg taking pictures 5 birdies and an eagle and Scheffler firing eight birdies, together with back-to-back on his closing two holes.
Åberg, who made a birdie-eagle begin, instructed Sky Sports activities: “I felt like I used to be hitting it fairly properly which resulted in a pleasant rating.
“I’m actually excited concerning the weekend. We’d get some wind, would possibly get some rain, so controlling that’s going to be troublesome. If you’re okay with being within the second, you’ll be superb.”
Patrick Cantlay is at 10 beneath, with Justin Thomas, in search of his first win since claiming his second PGA Championship title in Might 2022, at 9 beneath and properly within the combine heading into the weekend.
Matthieu Pavon, victorious eventually week’s Farmers Insurance coverage Open in San Diego, is at 9 beneath, too, as he seems for back-to-back triumphs on the PGA Tour.
England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick was additionally within the pack at 9 beneath with one gap remaining after 4 birdies on the trot, solely to then double bogey his final to slide again to seven beneath as he signed for a four-under 68 at Spyglass Hill.
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McIlroy limps to two-over second spherical
World No 2 McIlroy will want an incredible weekend to maneuver into rivalry.
McIlroy received his earlier match, lifting the DP World Tour’s Dubai Desert Traditional title for a fourth time with a one-shot victory over Adrian Meronk on January 21, one week after ending runner-up to Tommy Fleetwood on the Dubai Invitational.
The 34-year-old was six beneath by 14 holes at Spyglass Hill on Thursday earlier than dropping at the very least one shot throughout his subsequent three and his woes continued on Friday, beginning with a bogey on the first.
McIlroy then doubled bogeyed the fourth solely to rebound with successive birdies at six and 7, the second of which was clinched with a putt from over 30 ft.
The four-time main champion went on to bogey eight and 12 round a collection of pars earlier than a putt from in extra of 40 ft earned him a 3rd and closing birdie of his spherical at 16.
Eighteen-hole chief Detry picked up 10 birdies on day one and recorded one other 4 throughout his opening 11 holes on Friday earlier than successive bogeys noticed him lose the solo lead.
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