In the second round of the Travelers Championship, Rory McIlroy showcased a remarkable performance, positioning himself as a strong contender. With a stunning six-under 64, the Northern Irishman currently shares the 10th spot at eight under par, trailing the joint leaders Denny McCarthy and Keegan Bradley by a margin of seven strokes.
Commencing at the 10th hole, McIlroy exhibited exceptional skill, securing five birdies at the turn and an additional three within the subsequent six holes. However, a setback occurred as he encountered a double-bogey on the eighth, where he had remarkably scored a hole-in-one the day prior.
Reflecting on his performance, McIlroy remarked, “After the hole-in-one on eight yesterday, to make a double bogey there today, it’s almost like making two threes.” Despite this setback, he acknowledged his overall improvement on the greens and expressed satisfaction with his efforts to position himself back into contention.
Meanwhile, at the BMW International Open, young talent McKibbin failed to make the cut after recording an unfortunate 11 on his scorecard.
While McIlroy thrived on the course, world number two Jon Rahm endured a forgettable day. The reigning Masters champion struggled to sink putts longer than four feet, resulting in a score of two under par and missing the cut for the first time since September 2021. Rahm’s impressive streak of 25 consecutive cuts, the longest active run on the PGA Tour, came to an end.
Building upon his scintillating opening round score of 60, McCarthy continued his exceptional form with a solid five-under 65. His stellar performance positioned him at 15 under par, tied for the lead with Keegan Bradley, who produced an impressive bogey-free 63. Their combined scores marked the lowest opening 36-hole total since the tournament’s relocation to TPC River Highlands in 1984.
Trailing closely, Chez Reavie trailed by two shots, while former Masters champion Adam Scott secured a position at 10 under par. The chasing pack also includes Norway’s Viktor Hovland and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy.