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CHARLOTTE---Rory McIlroy is charging again.
The world s top-ranked player shot a 5-under 67
yesterday to pull within one shot of the early sec-
ond-round lead at the Wells Fargo Championship.
McIlroy trailed Martin Flores and newcomer Patrick
Rodgers, who were at 8-under 136 after 36 holes.
First-round leader Robert Streb has also moved to
8 under with 12 holes left to play.
Will MacKenzie was tied with McIlroy at 7 under
after rounds of 69 and 68.
McIlroy said his focus Friday was on eliminating
mistakes after an up-and-down opening round 70.
He did just that, posting five birdies and no bogeys.
He was never in any real danger of making bogey in
what he called a "stress-free round."
"Anytime you can play a round of golf with no
bogeys you re doing something right," said McIlory,
who won here in 2010.
McIlroy was on his game from the beginning,
draining a 29-foot birdie putt on the first hole. He
was methodical the rest of the way, hitting 14 of 18
greens in regulation with 29 putts.
With four top-ten finishes in six events this year,
McIlroy s confidence keeps growing. He said his
biggest strength now is his patience, understanding
that he doesn t have to go for every birdie oppor-
"Just knowing from experience what a good score
is and (that) sometimes, if it s just not happening,
you re not losing any ground," McIlroy said. "I felt
like I could have shot 63 or 64, but realizing that 67
is still a good score and puts me in position going
into the weekend."
The 22-year-old Rodgers, a regular on the Web.com
Tour, is playing on a sponsor s exemption. He ranks
333rd in the world and has never finished in the top
25 on the PGA Tour.
That clearly hasn t affected his confidence.
Rodgers, who played at Stanford, now shares a
rented house with Jordan Spieth in Jupiter, Florida.
He said he plays golf with the Masters champion
regularly at The Bear s Club. He adds being around
one of the best golfer s in the world will make him
Spieth s win at Augusta National combined with
the success of other players in golf s so-called youth
movement have given Rodgers the added confidence
that he ll be winning PGA tournaments soon.
"The young guys are ready to come out here and
win," Rodgers said. "I feel no different. I feel really
prepared. That s why I turned professional. I m excited
to get in the mix this weekend."
Flores will be there too for a second straight year.
He shared the lead at the midway point of the
Wells Fargo Championship last year with Angel Cabrera
and turned in a career-best third place finish. (AP)
Rory McIlroy, of
his tee shot on
the 12th hole
second round of
the Wells Fargo
at Quail Hollow
McIlroy within 1 shot
of lead at Wells Fargo
TERRASA---Edouard Espana of France shot a 3-
under-69 yesterday to take a one-shot lead after
the second round of the Spanish Open.
Espana made four birdies to go with one bogey
despite strong winds sweeping the Real Club de Golf
El Prat course near Barcelona, leaving him at 7-under
137 and one stroke ahead of Argentine Ricardo Gon-
Espana is Spanish for Spain, making the French
player a suitable leader for this particular tournament.
The Spanish name of the event is Open de Espana.
"I m leading an open with my name everywhere,
so it s very cool," Espana said. "My family is from
Spain, that s why my name is Espana. It s really good,
my cousins are here this week."
Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez made
his second hole-in-one of the season and the ninth
of his European Tour career on the eighth hole.
Jimenez s ace equalled Colin Montgomerie s European
The 51-year-old Jimenez sits six shots back heading
into the weekend.
Seventh-ranked Sergio Garcia shot a 72 to narrowly
make the cut, ten shots off Espana s lead.
Espana of France
leads Spanish Open
after 2 rounds
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