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Friday's Birdies and Bogeys

Who were the winners and losers on Day 2 at Hoylake? It's time to take a closer look with another edition of birdies and bogeys

July 18, 2014
Rory McIlroy

Birdie: Rory McIlroy

What second-round problems? For all the hysteria about McIlroy's frequent Friday setbacks, the two-time major champion seemed oblivious to recent history when he birdied three of his last four holes en route to a six-under-par 66. With a four-shot lead at 12 under, McIlroy is potentially 36 holes from the third leg of a career Grand Slam. But these will likely be a long two days. Never known for his persistence in tough conditions, McIlroy will have to prove he can persevere through what is likely to be a miserable, wet Saturday while the rest of the field tries to chase him down.
-- Sam Weinman
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