Rory McIlroy Lights Up Wentworth With 65 To Lead BMW PGA

McIlroy looked back to his best on day two of the BMW PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy Lights Up Wentworth

The four-time major winner is in a commanding position after 36 holes

Rory McIlroy Lights Up Wentworth With 65 To Lead BMW PGA

Rory McIlroy wowed the crowds this morning at Wentworth with a sublime bogey-free 65.

The four-time major winner's ball striking was imperious and he was putting beautifully to make seven birdies around the West Course for a four stroke lead by the time he finished.

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He began the day two strokes back of the lead at five under after a 67 yesterday and quickly took control with birdies at the 4th, 7th and 9th to go out in 32.

He parred 10 and 11 before a run of four birdies at 12, 13, 14 and 15.

McIlroy's approach to the 14th:

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He holed a long putt at the 13th, stiffed it at the uphill par-3 14th and then rolled in a tram-liner on 15 to reach -7 for the day and -12 for the tournament.

The 29-year-old parred the final three holes, once again finishing 5-5 on the two closing par 5s.

"I played really well, to go bogey-free around here, I think I only missed one green, not by a lot," he said after his round.

"It was one of the best rounds of golf I've played this year, ball-striking-wise.

"There's still a couple of loose shots in there, like the one on 18 [missed green right] but overall it was a great round of golf.

"I had everything sort of firing today and it was nice to take advantage of the opportunities I gave myself."

McIlroy tees off the 3rd hole in front of huge galleries that grew as the day went on. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

England's Sam Horsfield is McIlroy's closed challenger at the time of writing. Horsfield followed up yesterday's 68 with a 67 today which included four birdies in five holes on the back nine.

Robert Rock shot 68 to be at -7 after 36 holes along with McIlroy's playing partner and defending champion Alex Noren.

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