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Rory falls back after finding going tough at Travelers

 

By Adam McKendry

Rory McIlroy couldn't build on his excellent start to the Travelers Championship and instead regressed in his second round in Connecticut. The Holywood man followed his opening round of three-under with a disappointing second round of 73, three-over par, leaving him level for the tournament.

It means McIlroy is eight shots off leader Jordan Spieth, who recovered from a double bogey to record a one-under-par second round to back up his brilliant seven-under-par 63 on Thursday.

McIlroy's front nine was largely uneventful, with one bogey on the par-three fifth the only score not to par, before the back nine caused him all sorts of problems.

Bogeys on the 11th and 12th were cancelled out by back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15, but the World No.3 couldn't keep his momentum going and dropped two more shots on the 16th and 18th to knock him back to level par overall.

Such a performance will be a blow to McIlroy's confidence after Thursday's round, which suggested he had turned a corner after missing the US Open cut.

Meanwhile, Major champions Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson are just a shot off the lead at the BMW International Open.

The Ryder Cup duo got to eight-under, but that was not good enough to keep pace with Frenchman Joel Stalter and Swede Joakim Lagergren, who lead the way after two rounds.

Garcia had held a share of the lead at the turn after a hat-trick of birdies but dropped shots on the 14th and 17th stalled his momentum before he carded a closing birdie in a round of 70.

Stenson went one better with a 69 which contained four birdies and just one bogey.

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