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Golf: McIlroy in control at British Open, Tiger survives by his fingernails

Published on Jul 19, 2014 3:43 PM
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy plays from the rough on the 12th hole during his second round 66, on day two of the 2014 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north-west England on July 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

HOYLAKE, England (REUTERS) - This time there was no freaky Friday for Rory McIlroy as a majestic second round gave him a four-shot stranglehold on the British Open at a sweltering Royal Liverpool course.

Several second round blow-outs this season, the most recent at the Scottish Open, meant all eyes were on the 25-year-old Northern Irishman to see if he could capitalise on his one-stroke overnight lead rather than shoot himself in the foot.

Apart from a jittery bogey on the first, his only dropped shot so far, he was immaculate, racking up seven birdies for a second successive round of 66 for a 12-under total of 132.

Tiger Woods attracted huge galleries but a triple bogey at the 17th meant the 14-time major champion needed a birdie at the last to make the cut by his fingernails.

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