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Rory McIlroy rues his poor putting

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy proved in victory at Quail Hollow he can go low at the weekend.

Yet the youngster's prospects of picking up the eight or more shots he's likely to need over the next 36 holes at Cog Hill to make the Tour Championship looked grim after two days in which McIlroy's faith in his putter must have been badly dented.

McIlroy missed three times from less than five feet as a second round 74 put him eight-over for the BMW Championship.

One wonders how different yesterday might have been for McIlroy had he not made a shocking double-bogey seven at 15.

FedEx Cup-holder Tiger Woods also needs to make-up a lot of ground to get into the 30 man field at The Tour Championship. Woods wallowed on three-over par, nine behind early clubhouse leader Charlie Wie, after he too struggled on the greens during his one-over 72.

Meanwhile, Damien McGrane worked hard to ease his way towards a hopeful second Tour victory with a 67 for a five-under par tally on day two of the KLM Open at Hilversum.

It left the Co. Meath player trailing only three strokes behind the leading duo of Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts (70) and India's Shiv Kapur (68).

McGrane played the first two days alongside Michael Hoey, who is looking for his second Race to Dubai success.

The Ulsterman matched McGrane's score in moving from two-over par and making the cut with a one-under par tally.

“It's the seventh halfway cut in a row I've made since the French Open,” said Hoey.

Peter Lawrie (68) is second best of the Irish at three under par while Darren Clarke (71), at one under par, along with Shane Lowry (69) and Simon Thornton (71) both at level par will all play over the weekend.

Belfast Telegraph