RORY McIlroy is just a shot away from US Open leader Collin Morikawa as he chased a long-awaited fifth Major at Brookline.
The Northern Irishman has weathered a disappointing start to embark on the hunt for his first Major win since 2014.
He is behind the two leaders Morikawa and Joel Dahmen, with the American pair both five under par.
But it’s a hard-fought field heading into the weekend action, with McIlroy one of five golfers four under par.
He will be joined by reigning Spanish champion Jon Rahm and American trio Hayden Buckley, Aaron Wise and Beau Hossler.
Current Masters champion and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is just a shot behind this group, while Matt Fitzpatrick is the Englishman by two shots.
McIlroy said he “couldn’t be happier” as he tries to hunt down Morikawa and Dahmen in Massachusetts.
He said: “I think I ride swing waves pretty easily. Whenever you get on the crest of a wave try to ride it for as long as you can and I’ve gotten a little bit better at trying not to ride the others down.
“This golf course has a nice flow so you can run a bit and do some birdies and when I come across that this week I feel like I’m pretty good at riding that kind of impulse waves over the course of a round .
“I think I play a pretty emotional kind of golf if there is such a thing.
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“I’ve always liked crowds. I like the interaction. I enjoy this part. I like seeing people out there. Maybe that’s part of it.
“I’ve been out here a long time. Maybe they feel like they saw me growing up and somehow were with me on this journey.”
On his slow start, he added: “I stayed patient and knew that if I just hit the ball the way I hit it, I was going to give myself chances.
“Today was a really good example of just having a good attitude. I’m very happy with my position. I came back well today after a difficult start and was right in the middle. Couldn’t be happier.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5589421/rory-mcilroy-morikaway-us-open-golf/ Rory McIlroy is just a shot clear of US Open leader Collin Morikawa as he chases the long-awaited fifth Major at Brookline