Wells Fargo International - R2

McIlroy ‘right there’ despite disappointing second round at Quail Hollow

May 02-05
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina
$7,900,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

McIlroy is five shots off the lead heading into the weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship
McIlroy is five shots off the lead heading into the weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship (Jason E Miczek/AP)

Rory McIlroy insists he is “still right there” at the Wells Fargo Championship despite heading into the weekend five shots off the lead following a disappointing finish to his second round.

McIlroy, who shared top spot after an opening 66, looked set for another good day as he moved to nine under with two holes remaining at Quail Hollow on Friday.

However, the Northern Irishman slipped back towards the chasing pack after dropping three shots on the final two par-fours and having to settle for a one-under-par 70.

Rory McIlroy shot a second-round 70 at the Wells Fargo International
Rory McIlroy shot a second-round 70 at the Wells Fargo International (Chuck Burton/AP)

That left the world number four on six under overall and in a share for fourth place, five shots adrift of pacesetter Jason Dufner.

Despite the gap, McIlroy is remaining optimistic at the midway stage in Charlotte.

He said on pgatour.com: “I’m still right there going into the weekend. I just need to try and shake off that bad finish and get off to a good start tomorrow.”


McIlroy had carded five birdies and one bogey in his opening 16 holes but much of that good work was undone at the death.

On the short eighth – his penultimate hole of the day after starting on the 10th – McIlroy found a bunker off the tee and, despite being only 55 yards to the green, conspired to take another five shots as he recorded a double-bogey.

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The four-time major champion, looking to celebrate his 30th birthday this weekend by winning this event for a third time, also bogeyed the ninth – his last – after missing the green and failing to get up and down.

McIlroy was better off the tee on Friday than he was on Thursday but ended up scoring higher.

He added: “Golf. It’s a funny game.

“I stood up here (Thursday) night talking about how I got the most out of it yesterday, and today was the complete opposite. I turned a 66 into a 70.”

American Dufner followed up his opening 68 with a superb eight-under-par 63 that included an eagle, seven birdies and just the one dropped shot as he moved to 11 under.


Max Homa also signed for a 63 – his blemish-free – to sit alongside Joel Dahmen in joint second place on 10 under.

Dahmen, who was overnight leader alongside McIlroy, shot a second successive 66.

Patrick Reed (69) is on six under with McIlroy, while England’s Justin Rose (67) and Ireland’s Seamus Power (68) are among a group of four players a further shot back.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Jason Dufner
USA
-11
68
63
131
T2
Joel Dahmen
USA
-10
66
66
132
T2
Max Homa
USA
-10
69
63
132
T4
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-6
66
70
136
T4
Patrick Reed
USA
-6
67
69
136
T6
Justin Rose
ENG
-5
70
67
137
T6
Seamus Power
IRL
-5
69
68
137
T6
Jason Day
AUS
-5
68
69
137
T6
Pat Perez
USA
-5
69
68
137
T10
Brendon Todd
USA
-4
68
70
138
T10
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-4
68
70
138
T10
Martin Laird
SCO
-4
67
71
138
T10
Kyle Stanley
USA
-4
69
69
138
T14
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-3
70
69
139
T14
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-3
70
69
139
T14
Aaron Wise
USA
-3
69
70
139
T14
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-3
72
67
139
T14
Lucas Glover
USA
-3
70
69
139
T14
Richy Werenski
USA
-3
70
69
139
T14
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-3
68
71
139
T21
Tom Hoge
USA
-2
70
70
140
T21
Kevin Streelman
USA
-2
71
69
140
T21
Jim Knous
USA
-2
68
72
140
T21
Jason Kokrak
USA
-2
70
70
140
T21
Paul Casey
ENG
-2
69
71
140
T21
Matt Jones
AUS
-2
70
70
140
T21
Doc Redman
USA
-2
70
70
140
T28
Alex Prugh
USA
-1
73
68
141
T28
Adam Long
USA
-1
70
71
141
T28
Rickie Fowler
USA
-1
71
70
141
T28
Tony Finau
USA
-1
72
69
141
T28
Chez Reavie
USA
-1
70
71
141
T28
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-1
74
67
141
T28
Jimmy Walker
USA
-1
71
70
141
T28
Bill Haas
USA
-1
69
72
141
T28
Beau Hossler
USA
-1
69
72
141
T28
Shawn Stefani
USA
-1
76
65
141
T28
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-1
67
74
141
T28
Wes Roach
USA
-1
70
71
141
T28
Adam Schenk
USA
-1
67
74
141
T28
Brice Garnett
USA
-1
70
71
141
T28
Trey Mullinax
USA
-1
72
69
141
T28
John Senden
AUS
-1
68
73
141
T28
Colt Knost
USA
-1
73
68
141
T28
Nate Lashley
USA
-1
71
70
141
T28
Kramer Hickok
USA
-1
72
69
141
T47
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
Par
72
70
142
T47
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
Par
72
70
142
T47
Webb Simpson
USA
Par
69
73
142
T47
Daniel Berger
USA
Par
73
69
142
T47
Sergio Garcia
ESP
Par
69
73
142
T47
Adam Hadwin
CAN
Par
73
69
142
T47
Nick Watney
USA
Par
70
72
142
T47
Harris English
USA
Par
71
71
142
T47
Roberto Diaz
MEX
Par
70
72
142
T47
J. J. Henry
USA
Par
70
72
142
T47
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
Par
76
66
142
T47
Brendan Steele
USA
Par
72
70
142
T47
Keith Mitchell
USA
Par
68
74
142
T47
Brandon Harkins
USA
Par
73
69
142
T47
Nick Taylor
CAN
Par
67
75
142
T62
Luke List
USA
1
75
68
143
T62
Matthew Short
USA
1
76
67
143
T62
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
1
74
69
143
T62
Ryan Blaum
USA
1
71
72
143
T62
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
1
73
70
143
T62
Brian Harman
USA
1
68
75
143
T62
Gary Woodland
USA
1
73
70
143
T62
Cody Gribble
USA
1
71
72
143
T62
Bud Cauley
USA
1
73
70
143
T62
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
1
73
70
143
T62
Hank Lebioda
USA
1
71
72
143
T62
Chase Wright
USA
1
71
72
143
T62
Julian Etulain
ARG
1
73
70
143
T62
Zack Sucher
USA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Adam Svensson
CAN
2
73
71
144
CUT
Brandon Hagy
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Denny McCarthy
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
John Chin
USA
2
75
69
144
CUT
Keegan Bradley
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
2
71
73
144
CUT
Zach Johnson
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Anders Albertson
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Ben Crane
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
3
71
74
145
CUT
Cameron Champ
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
3
72
73
145
CUT
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Ernie Els
RSA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Joey Garber
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Peter Malnati
USA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Roberto Castro
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
3
74
71
145
CUT
Roger Sloan
CAN
3
74
71
145
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Tyler Duncan
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Brady Schnell
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Cameron Davis
AUS
4
75
71
146
CUT
Chad Collins
USA
4
76
70
146
CUT
Charles Howell III
USA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Peter Uihlein
USA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
4
76
70
146
CUT
Russell Henley
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Sepp Straka
AUT
4
74
72
146
CUT
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
4
70
76
146
CUT
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Broc Everett
USA
5
78
69
147
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
5
71
76
147
CUT
Chris Thompson
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
David Hearn
CAN
5
74
73
147
CUT
Harold Varner III
USA
5
77
70
147
CUT
Hudson Swafford
USA
5
73
74
147
CUT
J. T. Poston
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
5
70
77
147
CUT
Michael Thompson
USA
5
72
75
147
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
5
71
76
147
CUT
Sam Saunders
USA
5
75
72
147
CUT
Scott Brown
USA
5
72
75
147
CUT
Tom Lovelady
USA
5
75
72
147
CUT
Alvaro Ortiz
MEX
6
77
71
148
CUT
Cameron Tringale
USA
6
71
77
148
CUT
Chris Stroud
USA
6
73
75
148
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
6
75
73
148
CUT
Johnson Wagner
USA
6
79
69
148
CUT
Kyle Jones
USA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
6
73
75
148
CUT
Scott Stallings
USA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Billy Hurley III
USA
7
79
70
149
CUT
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
7
75
74
149
CUT
Josh Teater
USA
7
77
72
149
CUT
Nathan Stamey
USA
7
77
72
149
CUT
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
7
75
74
149
CUT
Wyndham Clark
USA
7
74
75
149
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
8
79
71
150
CUT
Chip McDaniel
USA
8
75
75
150
CUT
Derek Fathauer
USA
8
78
72
150
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
8
75
75
150
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
8
75
75
150
CUT
Matthew Every
USA
9
75
76
151
CUT
Curtis Luck
AUS
10
71
81
152
CUT
Danny Lee
NZL
10
75
77
152
CUT
Martin Piller
USA
10
79
73
152
CUT
Scott Langley
USA
10
78
74
152
CUT
Seth Reeves
USA
10
76
76
152
CUT
Steve Scott
USA
10
75
77
152
CUT
Mathew Goggin
AUS
11
76
77
153
CUT
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
12
77
77
154
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
GER
12
76
78
154
CUT
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
12
79
75
154
CUT
Will MacKenzie
USA
12
75
79
154
CUT
Jonathan Byrd
USA
15
78
79
157
RET
J. B. Holmes
USA
Par
80
80
RET
Sam Burns
USA
Par
77
77
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