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BMW Championship: Adam Scott tops crowded standings with Rory McIlroy twice halfway | Golf News


Scottie Scheffler in one of the midfield leaders and McIlroy joining defending FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay two shots back; Watch the BMW Championship throughout the weekend live on Sky Sports Golf

Last Updated: 08/20/22 00:01

Rory McIlroy is one step away from halfway in Delaware

Adam Scott holds a slight advantage halfway through the BMW Championship, where world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy are both in the chasing pack.

Scott followed a first-round 65 with a two-under 69 at Wilmington Country Club, taking the former Masters champion to eight under and topping a crowded leaderboard in Delaware.

The Australian birdied on three of his first six holes and added another on the par five 12th, but missed a five-foot chance on the next, then slashed his cushion on the chasing pack with a double bogey on his penultimate hole.

Adam Scott started the week outside the top 30 in the FedExCup rankings

Adam Scott started the week outside the top 30 in the FedExCup rankings

“I felt really in control today,” Scott said. “When you play that way it could always be a bit better, and a bad shot at 17 was quite costly. But I’m in great shape before the weekend. I don’t even know when the last time I was ai led a tournament was.

Jordan Spieth briefly joined Scott in a header share until a closing bogey brought him back into a four-way tie for second, with Scheffler opening with three straight birdies and Corey Conners getting the final birdie to tie the third major winner. lap 67.

Jordan Spieth is a former FedExCup winner

Jordan Spieth is a former FedExCup winner

“I feel like I’m doing everything well, nothing spectacular, but I feel like in every facet of my game it’s trending and improving,” Spieth said. “I know what to do to get better and better. As the weekend approaches, it’s a good opportunity to have a lot of confidence, to focus on winning this golf tournament, without thinking about the next week.”

Cameron Young completes the quartet with seven under, while McIlroy’s second successive 68 leaves him within two of the halfway mark alongside defending FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Scott Stallings and Cam Davis.

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McIlroy missed a 10-foot birdie chance at first and failed to drive up and down from a greenside bunker to save par at par-3 next, to take advantage of the par-five third and follow a birdie from 15 feet on the sixth while drilling another 20 feet on the eighth.

The Northern Irishman hit a 12-footer to save the par at the 12th but put the par-5 at the next 14th for a second bogey of the day, before making a rebound birdie at the next and throwing just wide of the last green. go to six cents.

Rory McIlroy says he was much happier to walk away with his 68 today as he took some hits on the final holes of round two of the BMW Championship.

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Rory McIlroy says he was much happier to walk away with his 68 today as he took some hits on the final holes of round two of the BMW Championship.

Rory McIlroy says he was much happier to walk away with his 68 today as he took some hits on the final holes of round two of the BMW Championship.

“I probably didn’t play as well today as I did yesterday, but I ended up scoring the same,” McIlroy said. “I’m probably coming off the golf course much happier than I was last night after dropping a few last holes and today picking up a few.”

Shane Lowry is three under the pace on five under and Tyrrell Hatton is another blow back after the two Level 71 cards on Friday, while FedExCup leader Will Zalatoris is five on the pace on three under after a two under 69.

Watch the BMW Championship throughout the weekend live on Sky Sports. Advance coverage begins on Saturday via the Red Button from 2pm, before full coverage on Sky Sports Golf from 5pm.




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