Kolon Korea Open: Inconsistent Rory McIlroy two shots off the pace at Woo Jeong Hills

Last Updated: 19/10/13 8:42am

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After a month's break, Rory McIlroy is two shots off the lead after the second round of the Korea Open.

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Rory McIlroy stayed in contention after an up-and-down second round at the Kolon Korea Open.

The former world No 1 followed up his opening round 70 with a two-under par 69 but it proved to be a day of 'what ifs' for the Northern Irishman.

McIlroy started on the 10th with a birdie, and two more followed on his front nine, but he ended it one shot worse off thanks to four bogeys in five holes from the 12th.

Second-round leaderboard

(Kor unless stated)

-5 S-s Hong
-4 I-c Hwang
-4 H-t Kim
-4 S-h Kang
-3 R McIlroy (NIrl)

Better would follow on the front-nine with birdies at the first and fifth getting him back on track, and he picked up further strokes at the seventh and eighth before finishing with a sloppy dropped shot to lie on three-under.

But that was only two strokes off the lead in tough conditions at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club course near Cheonan, which was being held by Hong Soon-sang, who carded a second round 68.

McIlroy said: "I'm driving the ball very well and for the most part my iron play is pretty good.

"But I definitely missed a few opportunities out there. I definitely could have been a few shots better, but I'm in a good position going into the weekend and that's all you can ask for.

"I don't need to go out there and be overly aggressive, but I just want to get myself into a good position for Sunday if possible."

South Korean Hong is one stroke clear of three more local players. The trio on four under includes Hyung-tae Kim, whose round of 66 was the best of the day.

McIlroy was a stroke further back along with Ik-jae Yang after the overnight leader could only manage a second round of 72.

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