McIlroy makes run at Scott in Australia

Second Round –Emirates Australian Open – Royal Sydney Golf Club – Sydney, Australia 

Former World No. 1 Rory McIlroy posted a 7-under-65 to draw within two shots of 36-hole leader Adam Scott at the Emirates Australian Open.

McIlroy, who struggled a bit in 2013 and now ranks 6th, managed nine birdies against two bogeys needing just 24 putts in round two at Royal Sydney Golf Club. Rory is now 10-under but chasing Scott, who has victories in two Australian starts this month – Australian PGA Championship and Talisker Masters.

Richard Green (9-under) and Matthew Jones (8-under) are both in the mix heading into the weekend.

Scott, the No. 2 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, reached the weekend at 12-under overall. He is questing for the Australian Triple Crown with another successful weekend.  He was a 3-to-1 betting favorite at heading into the tournament, while McIlroy was 6-1.

McIlroy’s year has been quite different than that of 2012 when he won the Race To Dubai Standings. Rory, who switched club manufacturers after finishing 2012 at the No. 1 player in the world, has been trending lately with a T-8 at the PGA Championship, T-6 at the WGC-HSBC Champions and T-5 at the DP World Tour Championship.

Other Golf News:

  • Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel fired his second straight 68 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa to reach 8-under overall through two rounds. He is tied with Morten Orum Madsen, who won his maiden European Tour victory last week. Schwartzel was 6-for-6 in Scrambling.
  • American John Young Kim, who was T-2 after one round in Sydney after a 65, struggled in round two with a 79. He still made the cut at T-41.
  • Former major champion John Daly and Richard Sterne missed the cut this week in South Africa on the European Tour. Sterne competed on the International team for the Presidents Cup this year and finished 8th in the Race To Dubai Standings.
  • Jason Day, the individual champion at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf last week, is jut T-41 in Sydney this week after opening 70-74.  American Kevin Streelman withdrew four holes into round two with an eye infection.