September 30, 2022
Rory McIlroy's late charge energises Canadian Open

Wyndham Clark retained his one-stroke lead Friday at the Canadian Open in Toronto, but all eyes were on Rory McIlroy, who made a pair of late birdies to sit in a group one stroke off the pace at the halfway point.

McIlroy birdied the 15th and 17th holes on Friday, picking up four strokes on Clark, who finished the day with an even-par 70 and remained seven under par for the tournament with a two-day total of 133. McIlroy was joined at 134 by Americans Alex Smalley, Jim Knous and Keith Mitchell, and Matt Fitzpatrick of England.

“Overall it was a good score,” McIlroy said. “I scrambled well when I needed to. I didn’t really take advantage of how well I hit it off the tee. But overall I felt a couple under was a fair reflection of how the day went.”

McIlroy started the day three strokes back but slipped as far as five behind before his late charge injected the day with excitement as the golf world continues to curiously eye the tug of war between the PGA Tour and the new LIV, which is holding its first event this weekend in London.

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