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Weather-hit Rory in fight to make cut

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
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By Adam McKendry

A change in the weather left Rory McIlroy battling to make the cut at The Masters as the rain swept in at Augusta.

The World No.4 had battled back from a difficult start to move one-under par thanks to an eagle at the par-five eighth. However, with the threat of lightning in the area, play was suspended with McIlroy (below) just starting to head down towards Amen Corner.

After play resumed, McIlroy suffered two bogeys in three holes, slipping back to one-over par and edging closer to the cut mark in the tricky conditions.

The Holywood man had compounded his poor opening round by bogeying the second hole of his second round, but he pulled it back with a birdie at the par-three sixth before that eagle on the eighth to move under par.

But bogeys came after a half-hour delay for inclement weather at the 11th and 13th to drop him back to where he started the day, just two shots above the cut line and struggling for consistency on the back nine.

Tiger Woods, however, was mastering the conditions, rolling in lengthy birdie putts at the ninth and 15th to sit just one shot back of the lead with a couple to play at six-under par.

It was an intriguing day at the top of the leaderboard as Francesco Molinari, Jason Day and Adam Scott all joined first-round pacesetter Brooks Koepka as leaders in a four-way tie at seven-under par.

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