GOLF: Rory McIlroy keeps tabs on leaders at Bridgestone Invitational

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Holywood’s Rory McIlroy is three shots off the lead after Friday’s second round of the Bridgestone Invitational.

McIlroy is in a share for third place after a one-under-par 69 in the second round to leave himself close behind early leader Jimmy Walker.

Scotland’s Russell Knox is a shot further back after a one-over-par 71 on a rain-interrupted day at Firestone Country Club in Akron.

Walker went round in 65 to take a two-shot lead from overnight leader Thomas Pieters, who carded a level-par 70.

Heavy rain saw play suspended for a time but everyone finished their round.

After the weather cleared, McIlroy chipped in for birdie from the rough behind the green at the par five 16th, following a wayward approach, to ensure he ended under par for his round.

But McIlroy remains very much in the hunt at the half-way stage.