PGA: Rory McIlroy is in the hunt for a THIRD RBC Canadian Open title
Rory McIlroy boosted his chances of a third consecutive RBC Canadian Open title with a flawless second round of 67 in Ontario amid the ongoing fallout of the PGA Tour's controversial merger with LIV Golf.
McIlroy recorded five birdies at Oakdale Golf and Country Club to improve to six under par, three shots off the halfway lead held by China's Carl Yuan.
The world number three first won the tournament by seven shots in 2019 but it was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. McIlroy carded a closing 62 to win at St George's 12 months ago.
Asked about trying to win the title for a third time on a third different course, McIlroy said: 'I sort of like it.
'I like reacting to what I'm seeing out there and targets. And I'm not a great player at playing a course by memory.
'There's certain venues on tour that I go back to and I play well, but it's not really because I remember how putts are breaking or where to miss it. It's just I feel comfortable at that venue.' Rounds of 68 and 67 gave Yuan a one-shot lead over home favourite Corey Conners, C.T. Pan and the English pair of Tyrrell Hatton and Aaron Rai.