Rory McIlroy glad to be contending after second-round 63 at Colonial

Rory Mc Ilroy rues missed chance after bad start at Colonial

Spieth keeps it together to remain in the hunt at Colonial

The four-time major victor recorded an eagle and six birdies to improve to nine under through 36 holes, alongside Collin Morikawa (67) and Xander Schauffele (66), while Justin Thomas (68) and Rose (69) are a shot further back.

Gary Woodland, left, and Justin Rose, of England, almost touch fists on the 18th green following the third round of the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, June 13, 2020.

The world No 1 posted back-to-back birdies from the sixth to depart him requiring a final-hole birdie to equal the course file at Colonial, the place he was pressured to lay up to keep away from hitting branches and had to convert from eight ft to depart with only a bogey. "I was a couple under on the back, but front nine I just got into a rut and played a bad run of holes and obviously that put me out of the tournament". "If I would have tripled the last [hole], it would have added up the same. At the moment, it's just you and your caddie out there". "It's not a great place to be and it's hard to learn from there".

Beginning on the again 9, McIlroy opened with three straight pars earlier than following a 15-foot birdie at the par-three 13th by choosing up pictures from six ft at the subsequent and 4 ft the 17th. Once I got it back to even par I just wanted to given myself looks.

After a bogey at 18, Varner closed with a flourish that started with a 31-foot birdie putt at the par-three fourth. He responded with birdies on hole Nos. He played alongside Grace, who also had a 66.

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Varner's fast finish leaves him a shot clear of Bryson DeChambeau and 2016 champion Jordan Spieth, who posted a second successive 65, with McIlroy a further stroke back alongside Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele.

Jon Rahm, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar were among those who failed to make the cut Friday.

McIlroy carded a stunning seven-under-par 63 to be two shots behind leader Harold Varner III following Friday's second round in Texas.

Golf became the second major sport in the United States - behind motorsports - to resume its season Thursday after a 91-day shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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