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In-form Rory McIlroy up to second as Horschel leads Tour Championship

No rush, Rors. It’s only $10 million we’re talking about here.

Updated at 22.38

BILLY HORSCHEL CARDED a four-under 66 for the second day running to remain top of the leaderboard at the Tour Championship, while Rory McIlroy moved into second place.

The American had shared the lead with compatriot Chris Kirk heading into the second day of the PGA Tour’s season-ending event in Atlanta, but demonstrated consistency to move two strokes clear of the chasing pack.

The threat of stormy weather meant play got under way early, and Horschel had to work harder for his score than he had on day one.

In contrast to Thursday when he produced a flawless display to share the lead, Horschel hit two bogeys during his 18 holes on Friday.

A 25-foot putt for birdie on the 14th was one of the highlights of Horschel’s round, while an excellent approach shot on the 17th ensured he ended the day two clear.

PGA TOUR Championship Golf Chris Kirk chipping to the second green yesterday Source: John Bazemore

The in-form McIlroy secured second place with the best round of the day — a five-under 65.

The Northern Irishman hit six birdies on his way around East Lake Golf Course, with a mammoth putt on the last completing a fine display.

Kirk followed up his leaderboard-topping performance on day one by delivering a two-under round of 68 on Friday. The American now sits level with McIlroy and Australia’s Jason Day, who managed a second consecutive 67.

Kevin Na and Justin Rose were among the biggest movers of the day, both carding rounds of 66 to move into shares of fifth and 10th respectively.

TOUR Championship Golf Source: John Bazemore

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