Sep 18, 2020; Mamaroneck, New York, USA; Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the second tee throughout the 2nd round of the U.S. Open golf competition at Winged Foot Golf Club – West. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

MAMARONECK, N.Y. (Reuters) – Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy clawed his method back up the leaderboard at Winged Foot on Saturday, carding a two-under par 68 after a 2nd round downturn had actually threatened to derail his latest U.S. Open campaign.

The 31- year-old had to recuperate from a brutal performance on Friday that saw him stumble through with 4 bogeys and a double bogey on the front 9 alone, prior to ultimately shooting a six-over par 76.

Yet after installing a near-flawless efficiency on Saturday, McIlroy now heads into the final round at one-over through 54 holes, still in contention for his first significant title in six years.

” You’re going to have stretches in U.S. Opens where you’re going to make bogeys and you’re going to make errors,” he said.

” If you can back it up with stretches of golf like I revealed there, that’s what you need to do. It’s not going to be all plain sailing in this tournament.”

McIlroy is amongst a considerable group who have actually handled the fearsome Mamaroneck course well, with its narrow fairways and fast greens presenting a significant challenge.

Geoff Ogilvy, the last U.S. Open winner at the New york city course, won by a stroke in 2006 with a five-over par overall. Yet with a handful of golfers still under par late on Saturday, the course had still not taken as heavy a toll as anticipated.

” You have actually got to think 14 years on the game has altered a lot. Guys struck it even more, equipment,” said McIlroy.

” Scoring averages have actually decreased a little bit, usually. The game has actually just moved on a little bit and everyone has jointly, I believe, simply got a bit much better.”

Reporting by Amy Tennery; editing by Ian Chadband

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