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Scottish Open: Rory McIlroy Suffers Second Round Struggle

Scottish Open: Rory McIlroy Suffers Second Round Struggle

BBC – Rory McIlroy followed his course-record 64 with a 78 to fall back to level par after two rounds at the Scottish Open.

The Northern Irishman struggled on day two at Royal Aberdeen, shooting six bogeys and a double bogey for a seven-over-par.

Scot Marc Warren shot 69 to share the lead on six-under-par alongside Swede Kristoffer Broberg and Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina.

England’s Justin Rose (68) is a shot further back.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson (73) is on one under.

McIlroy said: “It’s been the case all year. I’ve got off to great starts and fell away, but I am still in the tournament and I can go out in the morning and try to get some of those shots back.”

Gonzalez looked certain to take lead outright overnight but he called a penalty on himself when he found bushes down the final fairway. He was leading by two shots but walked off with a double bogey.

Joint leader Warren has a score to settle at this event, having let a three-shot lead slip on the closing holes at Castle Stuart in 2012.

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