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Rory McIlroy soars into BMW PGA Championship lead with stunning second round

By Adam McKendry

Rory McIlroy followed up his impressive Thursday start with a sensational seven-under round of 65 in today's second round to catapult him to the top of the leaderboard.

The World No.8 was in simply outstanding form, firing at pins with ease and draining putts that we haven't seen him close to doing in a long time, taking him to 12-under for the tournament and five shots clear of his closest rivals.

Having opened his campaign at Wentworth with a five-under 67 yesterday, his best opening round at the tournament, McIlroy needed to back it up on Friday - and that he did.

Despite three pars to start, there were promising signs from the 2014 champion, and he was duly rewarded for playing the par-five fourth hole perfectly when it yielded a birdie four.

That was followed by a birdie at the seventh, before a brilliant approach at the ninth left him with nothing more than a short putt for birdie that found the bottom of the cup.

By this stage McIlroy had taken sole possession of the lead, but the Ulsterman seemed to have no intention of simply consolidating it, instead going on the offensive and really attacking a course he knows his way around.

Although his reward didn't come at 10 or 11, his patience wasn't to go amiss. Four consecutive birdies were rattled off from the 12th to the 15th, putting the former World No.1 well clear of the chasing pack.

Despite three pars to finish, McIlroy will be delighted with being in double figures already going into the weekend, and he will undoubtedly be eager to go on and convert this opportunity into his second win of the season.

Overnight leader Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark is tied for second at seven-under par alongside Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, England duo Sam Horsfield and Robert Rock, and defending champion Alex Noren.

Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell posted an excellent round of his own, the Ryder Cup vice captain is in a tie for seventh at six-under par, while Shane Lowry will easily make the cut at four-under, with Paul Dunne among the late starters currently sitting on one-under par.

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