McIlroy has banner round

Fights off cactus bite to sit 3 back

04/05/2013 11:15 PM

04/05/2013 11:16 PM

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 Tour.

1/2-hour rain delay to start play, Lee rattled off eight birdies.

Sports Videos

Join the Discussion

The State is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service