McIlroy: seven birdies and an eagle in superb 64. AP/Press Association Images
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Rory McIlroy just misses out on course record with stunning 64 at The Players

McIlroy sits two off the lead after a red-hot afternoon at Sawgrass.

RORY MCILROY LAUNCHED himself right back into contention with a stunning second round at The Players Championship.

After starting the day nine shots off the pace, McIlroy shot a superb 64 — and came within touching distance of breaking the course record.

Teeing up on his final hole, the par-five ninth, McIlroy needed a birdie to card the first-ever 62 at TPC Sawgrass.

But he had to settle for a bogey six and finished the day on eight-under par.

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It leaves the world number three two shots off the lead shared by Jonas Blixt and Alex Cejka on -10 after they both shot 67 today.

Overnight leader Jason Day, who teed off at 6.58pm, is on -9 while Shane Lowry is one-over for the day through five holes and on -6 for the tournament.

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