Golf: McIlroy in control at British Open, Tiger survives by his fingernails
Published on Jul 19, 2014 3:43 PM
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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