McIlroy bogeyed the 1st hole of his second round. The Northern Irishman then played the next 17 holes in 7 under par to card his second consecutive 66 and open a 4-shot lead on American Dustin Johnson at the halfway point of the major championship at Hoylake.
So much for the Friday curse.
"My second rounds this year have been terrible and there isn't really any explanation," McIlroy said. "Hopefully I put it to bed today. It was just another solid a round of golf."
Rory by the numbers through two rounds:
- 66-66-132 (-12)
- 13 birdies (T1)
- 16 fairways hit (57.14%)
- 27 greens in regulation (75%)
- 19 one putts (T2)