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Erratic McIlroy five back in Boston

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Rory McIlroy didn't have it all his own way at TPC Boston © AP
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Rory McIlroy went one better than his opening round 70 on day two of the Deutsche Bank Championship but was left to rue several silly mistakes at TPC Boston on Saturday.

McIlroy opened with back-to-back birdies before a bogey at the par-3 third. Another birdie at six followed before a double-bogey at 14 where he inexplicably missed the green with both his second and third shots before chipping on and two-putting for a six.

But the 25-year-old, looking for his fourth win in five starts, made the shots back at 15 and 18 to reach the halfway stage at three-under and five back of Ryan Palmer (71) and Jason Day (68).

16 players were separated by four shots.

Matt Kuchar made six straight birdies around the turn and shot 66. He was one shot behind in what is shaping up as an emotional week. The wife of his caddie, Lance Bennett, died of a seizure Wednesday. Several players are contributing to a trust fund for the couple's four-year-old daughter.

Kuchar said it was easier to play Saturday, though Angela Bennett remains on his mind.

Billy Horschel is alongside Kuchar at seven-under, while Bill Haas, Russell Henley, Keegan Bradley, Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson are a shot back.

US Open champion Martin Kaymer and in-form Scot Russell Knox head a cluster of players on five-under.

Deutsche Bank Championship leaderboard

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