McIlroy still believes at USPGA

12 August 2017 05:34:36 EST
Rory McIlroy is confident going into day three of the USPGA.

Rory McIlroy still feels he can win the USPGA Championship at Quail Hollow despite slipping 10 shots off the lead after Friday's second round.

McIlroy had to settle for a one-over 72 on day two, his 36-hole total of two-over 144 leaving him in a tie for 31st.

That's 10 shots behind American Kevin Kisner and last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who are both on eight-under par overall.

There's still 36 holes to go and a lot of golf to be played. I still feel I'm right there in the tournament.

Rory McIlroy

Starting from the 10th, the Northern Irishman played a solid opening nine with eight pars and a birdie at the 15th to turn in one-under for the day.

But on the tough front nine McIlroy backpedalled with an ugly run of four bogeys in five holes to spark talk of him missing the cut.

However, he recovered with birdies at the seventh and eighth to record his second successive 72.

"I was battling. I was scrambling well to be under par for that back nine this morning," said the four-time major winner.

"I probably didn't quite hit it as well off the tee as I did yesterday, and wasn't putting myself in positions where I could go at a lot of pins. But greens are firm. Some of the pin positions are really tricky. Anything under par today is a really good score.

"Had a little bit of a mini-rally at the end which I needed, but you know, the four bogeys on the front nine, that's just down to being out of position off the tee and not being able to get it very close with my second shot.

"As everyone says, there's no winning post there. There's still 36 holes to go and a lot of golf to be played. I still feel I'm right there in the tournament."

McIlroy is 4000/1 to win the USPGA Championship, while Matsuyama is 600/1. It's 4000/1 for Jason Day (-6) and 100/1 Kisner.

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