Birdie: Rory McIlroy
A late start to the morning, a petulant playing partner, a couple of early bogeys -- none were enough to derail McIlroy in the second round. Not long ago we were talking about how McIlroy was bedeviled by Fridays. At Valhalla, he put together a 67 -- his 14th round in the 60s in 15 starts -- to move to within 36 holes of his fourth career major. His deftest move of the day, though, was in deflecting questions about playing partner Bubba Watson, who spent most of the morning pouting through wet conditions. "Hey, I've complained after a lot of shots before and everyone out here moans about something," McIlroy said. "It didn't affect me today, no." Well played.
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