McIlroy primed as Tiger falters

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    Reigning US Open champion, Rory McIlroy is primed for a weekend assault at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina after rounds of 70 and 68 to sit in a tie for 13th place at 6 under the card.

    McIlroy opened his second round with two birdies on 10, 11 and again on 15 before dropping a shot on 18 but the birthday boy rallied back late with birdies on five and nine to finish at 4 under for the day.

    “I haven’t felt like I have had anything near my best,” McIlroy told The Golf Channel after a 4 under second round.

    “I have been able to get it around and being 6 under after two rounds is pretty good considering the way I’ve hit the ball. I just need to do some work this afternoon on the range and hopefully play better on the weekend.”

    Hitting fairways could be part of that work, after McIlroy hit three on day one followed by seven on day two.

    “To be honest a lot of the drives are finishing up in the semi rough,” said McIlroy. “You do need to hit fairways here to give yourself chances, but I’ll take a 68.”

    McIlroy who turned 23 today is playing in just his first tournament since the 2012 Masters to prevent burnout.

    “I don’t want to be burned out by the time I’m 30, said McIlroy.

    “I want to try and prolong my career as much as I can.”

    One golfer who won’t be playing on the weekend is former world number 1, Tiger Woods who missed just the 19th cut of his career with rounds of 71 and 73. American, Nick Watney leads the way at 12 under par with rounds of 68 and 64 while John Senden is the pick of the Aussies at 10 under.

    “I putted well,” said Watney. We’re only half way done but I’m really looking forward to the weekend.”

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