McIlroy faces anxious wait after battling second round at Bethpage

Rory McIlroy

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy faces an anxious wait to see if he has made the cut at the US PGA Championship after a second-round 71 at Bethpage.

The 2012 and 2014 champion dropped five shots on his first three holes to slip to seven over, but four birdies on his back nine left him at three over.

The top 70 and ties play the weekend with the cut projected at three over.

Leader and defending champion Brooks Koepka (seven under) and Tiger Woods (two over) are among the late starters.

Of those who have completed their second rounds at the Long Island course in New York state, three-time major winner Jordan Spieth shot a four-under 66 to set the clubhouse target on five under, still two behind Koepka.

Should the 25-year-old prevail at the US PGA, he would become only the sixth golfer to complete a career Grand Slam of all four majors.

World number one Dustin Johnson is a shot further back on four under after a three-under 67, alongside fellow American Daniel Berger, who also shot 66.

New Zealand’s Danny Lee, who finished the opening round second behind Koepka on six under, had a disappointing Friday, carding a four-over 74 to slip back to two under.

But England’s Matt Fitzpatrick had a sparkling round, hitting a five-under 65 to move to level par after an opening day 75.

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