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Rory McIlroy Is Right Back In The Mix At British Open Following Strong Second Round

21st July 2017, Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England; The 146th Open Golf Championship, second round; Rory McIlroy (NI) gestures in the direction of his errant drive from the tee on the par five 15th hole (Photo by David Blunsden/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy is right in the mix at the British Open, and has pushed on from his impressive back nine yesterday to storm into contention.

The 28-year-old endured a nightmare start to the tournament, bogeying five of the first six holes. However, he has executed a remarkable turnaround, carding a two-under-par-round today in testing conditions, to leave him within striking of the leaders.

Appearing to put a poor run of form behind him, McIlroy can look ahead to the weekend with realistic ambitions of capturing a second Claret Jug.

McIlroy is -1 for the tournament, five shots off leader Jordan Spieth.

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND - JULY 21:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a bunker shot during the second round of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale on July 21, 2017 in Southport, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

McIlroy birdied the first, third and sixth holes on the front nine, and despite bogeys on the 13th and 15th, he shaved a shot off his score on the 17th to head into the weekend, in good spirits.

Considering the fact that he was rated as extremely unlikely to even make the cut 24 hours ago, this has been a fantastic turnaround for the four-time major winner.

There were odds of 20/1 for him to regain his 2011 crown before a ball was hit this week, and those who backed him may be quietly confident despite the early scare.

When talking about a player of McIlroy’s quality, there is reason to believe that he can go all the way once again.

Author: The PA Team

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