Putter helps McIlroy (67) finish strong


CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Rory McIlroy made his work less daunting this weekend with Friday’s strong finish at the BMW Championship.

McIlroy, who held a share of the first-round lead at Cherry Hills, saw himself slipping down the leaderboard in the second round until he rallied with birdies on three of the final four holes.

Another 3-under-par 67 moved McIlroy two shots off the lead.

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“I feel much better coming off the golf course,” McIlroy said. “I sort of struggled to get anything going today.”

At the end of a cold, blustery day, McIlroy’s putter got hot. He rolled in a 28-foot birdie at the 15th, a 34-foot birdie at the 16th and two-putted for birdie from 40 feet at the 17th.

“It was tricky conditions out there,” McIlroy said. “Birdies were hard to come by, but I think my patience was rewarded with how I played the last few holes, and I'm in a good position going into the weekend.”

FedEx Cup leader Chris Kirk is opening a door for McIlroy, who is No. 2 in points. Kirk shot 70 Friday and is tied for 29th, nine shots off the lead.