BMW Championship: Adam Scott tops congested standings with Rory McIlroy two shy of the lead | golf news

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Rory McIlroy is two shy of the lead at Delaware

Rory McIlroy is two shy of the lead at Delaware

Adam Scott has a slim lead in the middle of the BMW Championship, where World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy are part of the chasing pack.

Scott followed up a first-round 65 with a two-under 69 at Wilmington Country Club, lifting the former Masters champion to eight under and to the top of a crowded leaderboard in Delaware.

The Aussie birdied three of his first six holes and added another on the par-five 12th hole, but missed a five-foot chance at the next hole and then reduced his lead over the chasing pack with a double bogey on his penultimate hole.

Adam Scott started the week outside the top 30 in the FedExCup standings

Adam Scott started the week outside the top 30 in the FedExCup standings

“I felt really in control today,” Scott said. “When you play that way, it could always be a better pair, and a bad shot at 17 was pretty costly. But I’m in great shape for the weekend. I don’t even know when I last played.” led a tournament was”.

Jordan Spieth briefly joined Scott for a portion of the lead until a final bogey returned him to a four-way tie for second, with Scheffler opening with three consecutive birdies and Corey Conners making the final birdie to match the winner’s second. of three Grand Slams. round 67.

Jordan Spieth is a former FedExCup winner

Jordan Spieth is a former FedExCup winner

“I feel like I’m doing everything right, nothing spectacular, but I feel like in every facet of my game, it’s trending and improving,” Spieth said. “I know what to do to make it better and better. Going into the weekend, it’s a good opportunity to be very confident, focus on trying to win this golf tournament, not think about next week.”

Cameron Young rounds out the quartet at seven under, while McIlroy’s second straight 68 leaves him two shy of the halfway mark alongside reigning FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Scott Stallings and Cam Davis.

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McIlroy missed a 10-foot birdie chance on the first and was unable to get up and down from a greenside bunker to save par on the next par-three, only to take advantage of the third par-five and follow up with a 15-foot birdie on the sixth pocketing another 20-footer in the eighth.

The Northern Irishman nailed a par-saving 12-footer on the 12th, but made three puts on the par-5 14th for a second bogey of the day, before making a rebound birdie on the next and shooting from the final green. to go to six under.

Rory McIlroy says he was much happier going away with his 68 today as he collected shots on the closing holes in the second round of the BMW Championship.

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Rory McIlroy says he was much happier going away with his 68 today as he collected shots on the closing holes in the second round of the BMW Championship.

Rory McIlroy says he was much happier going away with his 68 today as he collected shots on the closing holes in the second round of the BMW Championship.

“I probably didn’t play as well today as I did yesterday, but I ended up scoring the same,” McIlroy said. “I’m probably coming off the golf course a lot happier than I was last night after losing some of those last few holes and winning a par today.”

Shane Lowry is three off the pace at five under and Tyrrell Hatton is a stroke further behind after they both tied 71 on Friday, while FedExCup leader Will Zalatoris is five off the pace at three under after two under par 69.

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