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McIlroy back in the mix after much-improved second round in Massachusetts

The Northern Irishman hit the ground running after carding a disappointing 71 on Friday.

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AFTER A POOR opening round, Rory McIlroy responded well at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Massachusetts to hit a 4-under par 67 on Saturday to bring him back into contention ahead of the third day of action.

The Northern Irishman hit the ground running after carding a disappointing 71 on Friday and racked up birdies at the second and third. He dropped shots and four and six before rounding out the front nine with three successive birdies to leave him at -3 at the turn.

The back nine was all about consistency with six pars and despite a wobble at 13, there were two birdies at 12 and 18 to leave him at -4 for the round and overall.

“My game’s good – numbers like that are going to happen once in a while”, he said afterwards.

Today, it was a bit of a mixed bag on the front nine but I’m really happy to shoot 67 and get myself somewhat back into the tournament.”

He’s still got plenty of ground to make up, though.

Kevin Chappell currently leads the way on -11 while Paul Casey, Brian Harman and Dustin Johnson are still challenging at the top of the leaderboard.

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