USPGA LATEST: Rory McIlroy back on top after early setback

Members of the grounds crew push water off the first green on Friday morning at Valhalla

Members of the grounds crew push water off the first green on Friday morning at Valhalla

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Rory McIlroy receovered from a slow start to boost his chance of a second major title in succession in the weather-affected 96th USPGA Championship on Friday.

McIlroy briefly dropped three shots off the lead when he bogeyed the par-four 12th, his third hole of the day, but bounced back with a birdie on the next and made another from 18 feet on the 15th as more rain fell at Valhalla.

And when the 25-year-old Open champion holed from 30 feet for an eagle on the par-five 18th, he suddenly held a two-shot lead over US Ryder Cup vice-captain Steve Stricker and fellow American Ryan Palmer.

 

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