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McIlroy in contention at KLM Open


Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has set up the possibility of a special Sunday for himself and girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki as the 22-year-old Northern Irishman fired a second-round 65 to move into contention at the KLM Open in the Netherlands on five-under-par.

Tennis world number one Wozniacki, meanwhile, is two wins away from joining him as a US Open champion. After all the rain delays in New York she will now play her semi-final against Serena Williams on Saturday, with the final being pushed back to Sunday.

There has also been bad weather at Hilversum and that meant McIlroy had to play 27 holes as the tournament tried to make up for time lost. An opening 70 left him deep in the pack five behind overnight leaders Simon Dyson and Marcel Siem, but as they started their second rounds late in the day he was alongside them and only three behind joint leaders Stephen Dodd and Marcel Siem.

Both leaders, though, have still to complete their second rounds as the tournament strives to make up for the time lost on Thursday - first to the vandalism on four greens and then to flooding.

Dodd, now 45 and down at 146th on this season's money list, leapt out of the pack with four birdies and an eagle in his first 10 holes. He will have five to play on the resumption while Siem - also a former World Cup winner - has seven to go.

On eight-under-par they were a shot in front of clubhouse leader Shiv Kapur, the Indian adding a 67 to his 66 earlier in the day.

World number two Lee Westwood is also in the hunt and would have matched his Ryder Cup team-mate's two rounds but for a late three-putt bogey.

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Like McIlroy, Westwood had four birdies in seven holes on the back nine, but his only gain on the outward half was a two on the short fifth and his dropped shot came two holes later.

Kapur's 67 put him one ahead of Scot Gary Orr and South African James Kingston before twice-winner Dyson and Siem made it a four-way tie for second with an early birdie each.

Defending champion Martin Kaymer looks certain to miss the halfway cut. Double-bogey sixes on the sixth and seventh left him six over with seven holes remaining and he probably needed to birdie all but one of them.

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