Rory McIlroy two shots off the...

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Rory McIlroy two shots off the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational


Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy remains in contention to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the half-way point of the tournament.

He shot a second-round 71 last night to move to seven-under-par with Canadian Corey Conners heading the field on 9-under.

"Today was a bit more of a battle," 2018 winner McIlroy admitted after this round. "But stayed patient. I picked off three of the par-5s, which is good around here.

"When I put it in trouble I got it out of trouble. A couple of really loose tee shots, one on the 8th hole, I made bogey from there. One on 13, I made bogey from there.

"So I hit a few better shots coming down the stretch, but just going to go and work on a couple of things here on the range."

The world number seven is hoping some small tweaks can help him close that two-shot lead later today.

"I think it's pretty simple, I just got too much -the club was sort of rotating a lot through impact. I just need to sort of stabilize it a little more, maybe just hit a few more sort of hold shots and get my body working a little bit better through the shot.

"So, as I say, I hit a couple of those coming in and sort of held a 5-iron on 17 and held a nice 8-iron in there on 18 and they felt a little better. So just going to try to sort of groove that feeling in before tomorrow."

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington will begin his third round on level par.



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