Rory McIlroy Back In Contention At The Wells Fargo After Birthday Calamity

Rory McIlroy followed up a fine first round at the Wells Fargo Championship with somewhat of a disaster.

The four-time major winner turned 29 yesterday, but his first round 68 was cancelled out on Friday by a poor +5 round of 76.

Five bogeys and a double at 12 saw him go from one off the lead to just about making the cut in his first appearance since the disappointment at Augusta last month.

Despite visiting more trees than a lumberjack though, he managed to make a crucial birdie and a par on 12 and 18 respectively.

As alluded to in the PGA Tour’s tweet, McIlroy did progress on the cut line in the 2010 iteration of the tournament, which he would go on to win to claim his first victory in the U.S.

That round of 76 left him nine shots behind leader Peter Malnati however, so a low round on ‘moving day’ was in order.

The Ulsterman had a steady start to his Saturday, shooting -2 on the front nine to go level par for the tournament. It was the closing stretch that fired him up the leaderboard, as four straight birdies from the 14th hole onwards briefly saw him go -6 for the day.

Though a closing bogey followed on the last, a -5 round 66 puts McIlroy back in the hunt for his second Wells Fargo win.

If the leaders further distance themselves from the pack, McIlroy can take solace from the score of now co-leader Peter Uihlein, who also at +2 after two days, shot a phenomenal -9 62 to join the leaders.

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