Rory McIlroy matched the low round of the day with a 5-under par 67 and moved within a shot of the lead at the Texas Open on Friday, continuing his last-minute preparations for next week’s Masters.
The world’s No. 2 golfer, who decided to play in the tournament late last week, had seven birdies — including his final three holes — and overcame a bogey on No. 9 after driving into the rough and catching his left shin on a nearby cactus.
McIlroy is a shot back of a group of four leaders at 6-under, including Daniel Summerhays, Steven Bowditch, Charley Hoffman and Billy Horschel, with Horschel still on the course.
Thursday’s co-leader Matt Bettencourt (Duncan) shot a 73.
Park takes LPGA lead
At Rancho Mirage, Calif., Inbee Park took the second-round lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, making three birdies in a row early on the back nine and rebounding from a wind-blown bogey with four straight pars.
Future Clemson golfer Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga., made the cut at T42 with a 2-over 71-75—146.
Lee atop Brasil leader board
At Sao Paulo, Danny Lee fired a second straight 6-under 65 and moved into sole possession of the clubhouse lead in the rain-delayed Brasil Classic on the Web.com Tour.
1/2-hour rain delay to start play, Lee rattled off eight birdies.