Aug. 28 (UPI) — Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay were tied atop the leaderboard after Friday’s 2nd spherical of the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields Nation Membership in Olympia Fields, Ill.
McIlroy ended the day at 1-underneath 139 to portion the 36-hole lead with Cantlay, who had a 2-underneath 68 within the 2nd spherical to climb 13 spots. McIlroy had a 1-underneath 69, because the course at Olympia Fields persevered to pronounce avid gamers.
“I mediate the take a look at is what’s helped me focus and focus on memoir of should always you lose focus available for one 2nd … proper one lapse in focus can indubitably mark you around right here,” McIlroy said. “I mediate one in every of the immense keys this week is proper now not making immense numbers.
“Within the event you hit it misplaced, get it assist in place, be certain your worst rating is bogey and pass on. Truthfully, bogeys must now not that notorious out right here.”
McIlroy and Cantlay are one shot forward of Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson getting into the weekend. Matsuyama — the supreme participant to realize 4-underneath par at any point this week — held the lead after the first spherical nonetheless had four bogeys over his final 10 holes for a 73. Johnson accomplished with two straight birdies for a 69.
Adam Scott, Brendon Todd, Louis Oosthuizen, Billy Horschel and Tony Finau were at 1-over par and tied for fifth after the 2nd spherical. Mackenzie Hughes, Kevin Kisner and Bubba Watson were a shot assist of that personnel at 2-over 142.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods‘ PGA Tour season seems to be two rounds from concluding. He had to sink a 35-foot par putt on his closing hole to shoot 75, which left him nine strokes within the assist of the lead.
Woods, who wants to carry out around fourth to own any likelihood of competing on the season-ending Tour Championship subsequent week in Atlanta, is tied for 55th at 8-over 148 going into the weekend.
Defending champion Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger both carded 74s Friday to take a seat down down at 7-over par. PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa (73) goes into the third spherical at 9-over 149.
The third spherical of the BMW Championship runs from noon to 6 p.m. EDT Saturday. The head 30 from the tournament pass on to the Tour Championship subsequent week at East Lake in Atlanta for a gamble at its $15 million prize.