Watch: Stunning eagle helps Rory McIlroy into second place at midway point in WGC HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai
Rory McIlroy is just one shot off the lead at the midway point of the World Golf Championship HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.
The world number two followed up his opening round 67 with another five under par round to sit at -10 and hot on the heels of leader Matthew Fitzpatrick.
McIlroy made a blistering start to his second round, with four consecutive birdies from the third hole firing him up the leaderboard and into the solo lead.
Drop shots at the ninth and the 17th were tempered by a further birdie at he 13th and the Holywood man managed to save the best for last with two perfectly-struck shots to carry the water in front of the 538 yard par five's green and set up a tap in eagle.
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Arguably his bogey at the 16th was just as impressive after double-crossing his tee-shot into the trees on the left. Playing for a cut, McIlroy instead hit a draw, leaving him to reload with his third shot off the tee. An accurate iron set up a short pitch into the 288 yard par four and he managed to get up and down to limit the damage.
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In a packed leaderboard, Xander Schauffele, Sungjae Im and Adam Scott are just a shot behind McIlroy, with Haotong Li and Victor Perez three off the lead.
McIlroy is keen for a strong finish to try and make further ground on world number one Brooks Koepka, who is out of action with a knee strain.
"I started this year maybe eighth or ninth in the world. If I play well the next few weeks, I'll have a great platform going into next year," he said before this week's event."
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