Rory McIlroy is two shots off the lead after the second round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai.
The Holywood player is just two shots behind leader Peter Hanson as he added a bogey-free 65 to his first day 67 and that opened up a three-stroke gap to third-placed Robert Karlsson, who burst out of the pack with a 64.
“I played very well and gave myself a lot of opportunities,” said McIlroy, seeking a fifth victory of the season on the same Lake Malaren course where he won the Shanghai Masters a year ago.
“I saw Peter was going well and wanted to stay in touch. When I needed to get up and down I was able to make those and then got on a nice little run.”
He also had a hat-trick of birdies from the 13th.