Genesis Scottish Open: After gaining a modest lead at the halfway stage of the £7m Genesis Scottish Open, Rory McIlroy has committed to deal with whatever the weather throws at him.
McIlroy scored a second-round 66 at the Renaissance Club to reach 10 under par, one stroke clear of Ryder Cup teammate Tyrrell Hatton and South Korean duo Tom Kim and Byeong Hun An.
McIlroy has started a tournament with two scores of 66 or better for the seventh time in his PGA Tour career (the event is co-sanctioned with the DP World Tour).
The world No. 3 has a runner-up result and three wins in his previous four appearances, the most recent being his 2014 Open victory at Royal Liverpool, the site of the year’s last major next week.
“From tee to green, I hit the ball really well, and I gave myself a lot of looks [at birdie],” McIlroy said. “Honestly, four under felt like the worst shot I could have taken out there.”
“But, you know, life has its ups and downs.I holed a few big ones on Thursday to shoot a decent score, then missed a couple today, but I’m pleased with how the previous two days went.”
Due to the prediction for afternoon thunderstorms, tee times at The Renaissance Club have been moved early by several hours on Saturday, with gusts gusting up to 40mph expected on Sunday.
“I know I’m playing well enough from the tee to the green to give myself some looks and hang in there, so I’m pretty confident going into the next two days,” he adds.
Hatton had already surged into contention for his first victory in two and a half years after shooting 62 in the second round.
“No, it was stressful at times, as most of my rounds are,” Hatton responded when asked if his round was as simple as he made it appear.
“However, I am quite satisfied with the chances I have provided for myself. Today, I felt like I struck a lot of excellent iron shots, especially when compared to Thursday. That made me really thrilled, and it was also good to see some putts fall.