Gamers Championship: Rory McIlroy makes leisurely surge to join Tommy Fleetwood in halfway lead

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Gamers Championship: Rory McIlroy makes leisurely surge to join Tommy Fleetwood in halfway lead
Rory McIlroy is focused on merely his second PGA Tour decide since 2016
Gamers Championship second-round leaderboard
-12 T Fleetwood (Eng), R McIlroy (NI); -9 J Furyk (US), B Harman (US), I Poulter (Eng), A Ancer (Mex); -eight Okay Kisner (US), Okay Mitchell (US), J Day (Aus)
Chosen others: -7 D Johnson (US); -6 R Knox (Sco), Okay Bradley (US); -four J Rose (Eng), E Pepperell (Eng); -Three T Woods (US), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -2 M Wallace (Eng)
Rotund leaderboard

Rory McIlroy made an excellent leisurely surge to join Tommy Fleetwood in the lead of the Gamers Championship on 12 below after round two at Sawgrass.

The Northern Irishman, 29, made three birdies and an eagle on the support 9 to card a incredible seven-below-par Sixty five.

England’s Fleetwood, 28, had earlier hit a 67, making five birdies and two bogeys and to boot holing a bunker shot for eagle on the second.

“I deserve to merely aid doing the the same things,” McIlroy told Sky Sports.

“It did now not occur for me closing week however I did so many correct things and it be been fine to be fiddling with self belief.”

McIlroy and Fleetwood lead a team of four avid gamers, including Englishman Ian Poulter, by three shots in Florida.

Four-time main winner McIlroy is chasing his first PGA Tour decide for the reason that Arnold Palmer Invitational in March closing twelve months.

“I felt in actuality overjoyed and I loved it,” he added.

“I’m going to try to support that focal point and commit. Two rounds is a protracted, long time however I’ve build myself in a correct insist.”

Poulter hit a sixty six that featured an eagle, seven birdies, a bogey and one double bogey to attain on 9 below.

He’s joined by Mexican Abraham Ancer and Americans Brian Harman and Jim Furyk, who shot a ideal Sixty four.

World no 1 Dustin Johnson is on seven below after a 68 while compatriot Keegan Bradley, who shared the overnight lead with Fleetwood, slipped aid to 6 below after a Seventy three.

Scotland’s Russell Knox is also on six below, two strokes sooner than world amount two Justin Rose, who recovered from a vital-round 74 with a sixty six on Friday, while fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell is also on four below.

Tiger Woods is a stroke extra aid after carding a seventy one which incorporated a quadruple bogey on the par-three Seventeenth when the 14-time main winner hit two balls in the water.

“I was elegant ticked,” he acknowledged. “I was definite to salvage all of it aid.

“Diversified than 17 I in actuality haven’t accomplished loads of defective. Any individual who makes the in the slice rate of has an opportunity.”

In other areas, Englishman Matt Wallace, who’s writing a daily diary for BBC Sport, is on two below, while compatriot Matthew Fitzpatrick is a shot ahead.

Quite a lot of fine names left out the in the slice rate of, which used to be residing at one below.

Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth each and each accomplished at one over, with Tyrrell Hatton, Danny Willett and Phil Mickelson three shots extra aid.

Paul Casey might perhaps well presumably now now not enhance from a gap-round seventy eight and ended on eight over.

The BBC Sport internet pickle might perhaps well presumably possess live textual insist updates of Saturday’s third round and Sunday’s final round from 18:00 GMT on each and each days.