McIlroy moves into contention in Honda Classic

Updated: March 3, 2012

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Rory McIlroy’s quest to become the World Number one is a step closer as he moved into contention at the Honda Classic.

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McIlroy, a runner in the World Match play Championship last weekend is one shot behind Englishman Justin Rose and American Tom Gillis following the second round.

Ideal playing conditions saw the course record smashed by three strokes, and while McIlroy didn’t match that feat three birdies on his final five holes saw him finish with a three-under-par 67.

Fellow Irish men Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington enjoyed good rounds with the former Major winners moving to three under and two under after rounds of 64 and 68.

Brian Harman was the man of the day as he shot a 7 under 63 stealing the limelight somewhat from 43 year old Gillis who fired six birdies in a course record equalling six-under-par 64, that was until compatriot Harman’s intervention.

Gillis, who described himself a golfing journey man, was delighted to be at the top of the leader board saying “I’ve never lead out here after two days but I kind of wanted to do that this week – I don’t know why,”

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself but I feel like we are going to start knocking on the door. That’s how I feel.”

Co-Leader Rose was also in high spirits despite two bogeys which cost him the outright lead saying “For the most part I am really happy with my game. I hit a lot of quality iron shots and the difference is I just made a few of those mid-range putts to get me up towards the lead,”.

“I’ve been playing nicely all year and feeling very comfortable with things and just been waiting for something to happen.”

American Dicky Pride (67) birdied his final hole to move level with McIlroy in a tie for third place.

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