• Valero Texas Open, Round Two

McIlroy charges into contention

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Rory McIlroy birdied the last three holes in his second round © AP
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Rory McIlroy enjoyed a promising second round in the Valero Texas Open, moving to within three shots of the lead after carding a five-under-par 67.

With attention turning to the Masters on April 11, McIlroy started his second round strongly at a tough TPC San Antonio by sinking a 22-footer on the second green to clinch birdie. Birdies at seven and eight were sandwiched either side with a bogey to keep the Northern Irishman at one-under at the turn.

The world No. 2 then carded a solid start to his back nine, scoring birdie on the 10th following a marvellous approach shot that left him with a seven-footer. Three more pars followed, before a 27-foot putt for birdie at the par-3 16th kick-started a strong finish.

A consecutive birdie at the 17th was followed by a huge drive off the 18th tee, which the Northern Irishman converted into another birdie to finish five-under.

The 23-year-old two-time major winner is three shots back of Billy Horschel, who birdied his last two holes to post his second straight 4-under 68.

Ian Poulter suffered a stuttering second round in the Valero Texas Open, finishing precariously above the cut after carding a three-over par 75 to leave him one-over par overall.

Starting at the tenth, the Englishman began well, parring his opening four holes before carding a birdie on the par-5 14th, but was immediately pegged back with bogey on the 15th, finishing at even par for the round at the turn.

However, Poulter suffered bogey before dropping two more shots on the second hole for a nightmare start to his back nine at TPC San Antonio. A birdie at the par-3 third and another on the fifth were cancelled out by two more dropped shots as Poulter finished three-over for the day, sitting dangerously above the cut.

Daniel Summerhays, Charley Hoffman and Steven Bowditch finished solid second rounds to joint-lead at six-under par in the clubhouse, while KJ Choi moved into contention carding a five-under par round of 67 to sit one shot off the lead.

Three bogeys in his opening nine and two birdies on his return to the clubhouse saw Padraig Harrington drop back to three-under par overall, carding a 73.

Jim Furyk and Retief Goosen also sit one shot off the lead with Brendon De Jonge, but Ross Fisher carded a 73 to move four-over par overall and miss the cut.

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