McIlroy, Westwood contend at KLM Open


HILVERSUM, Netherlands – Stephen Dodd of Wales shot 6 under for the first 13 holes of his second round to stand 8 under for the tournament Friday before darkness forced 78 players to abandon their rounds at the KLM Open.

Shiv Kapur of India shot a 3-under 67 to take the clubhouse lead at 7 under, and U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy surged into contention with a 65 in his second round.

“I’ve been driving the ball really well, and this course there’s a big premium on hitting a lot of fairways,” Kapur said.

After taking to the course early to complete his rain-delayed 70 of the first round, McIlroy had a bogey 5 on the first hole of his second round before reeling off six birdies.

“I don’t feel I drove the ball particularly well,” McIlroy said. “There were a couple of loose shots and I got some lucky breaks.”

World No. 2 Lee Westwood was four under.

Defending champion Martin Kaymer of Germany was 6 over for the tournament with six holes to play Saturday and looked likely to miss the cut.

Kaymer appeared to be fighting his way back from an opening-round 74 by birdying two of his first five holes in his second round, but double-bogeyed Nos. 6 and 7.

The projected cut is at par.