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Rory McIlroy rallies to make the halfway cut at PGA

Rory McIlroy had safely made the halfway cut thanks to a brilliant recovery, the world number three adding a 71 to his opening 69 to finish level par.

McIlroy has been watching videos of his eight-shot triumph at Kiawah Island last year for inspiration but it did not look set to pay off when he covered the back nine in 39 after three bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-three 15th.

Another bogey on the first had the 24-year-old in real trouble but he birdied the third, fourth, seventh and eighth to avoid a second straight missed cut in the majors.

On Thursday, Rory seemingly found sanctuary from the gremlins in his swing and the hobgoblins of self-doubt that have assailed him this season as he posted a morale-boosting 69 in the first round.

With Oak Hill doused by violent electrical storms in the wee small hours and given another fair sprinkling during a 70-minute delay as lightning crackled overhead once again in the afternoon, this formidable course was made vulnerable.

It was reminiscent of Congressional in 2011 - when McIlroy took spectacular advantage of yielding conditions as he romped to his record-breaking first Major victory in the US Open.

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