Impressive round keeps Rory in contention at Quail Hollow

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy remains firmly in contention at the Wells Fargo Championship following an impressive second round on Friday.

The World number one moved to within one stroke of the early clubhouse lead with a flawless five-under-par 67 at Quail Hollow.

The Northern Irishman said after his opening 70 on Thursday that the course was “there to be had” and he could hardly wait for his morning tee time on Friday.

The Holywood star managed five birdies to lift himself into contention.

“I really found a good groove with the driver,” the four-times Major champion told reporters.

“My iron play wasn’t as sharp as it could have been, but a good score puts me right up there for the weekend.

“Mentally I feel very sharp. I’m not putting myself under that much stress of having to save pars or anything.”

McIlroy stated his intentions early with a birdie at the 10th, his first hole.

Another birdie was marked on the card on the par-three 13th after a tee shot nestled 10 feet from the hole.

McIlroy then only managed one birdie in the next nine holes.

That trend was broken with a birdie at the fifth, his 14th, before another typically glorious drive was only stopped from crawling onto the green at the par-four eighth by the front bunker.

From there he controlled a splash shot to four feet to claim another birdie before a par at the ninth saw him sign for a 67.