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Rory McIlroy three off the halfway lead at Tournament of Champions

Sky Sports | Updated: 2019-01-05 13:45:17

"It has been a nice start to the year," McIlroy said. "It is something to build on going into the weekend. I just need to keep hitting good golf shots and giving myself chances."

McIlroy bogeyed the fourth after taking a penalty drop off the tee, but made a two-putt birdie from the fringe at the next and holed an eight-footer at the ninth to reach the turn in 35.

The 29-year-old converted from close range at the 11th and picked up a shot at the 13th, before cancelling out a missed chance from six feet at the 15th to birdie the next and the par-five last.

Starting a shot off the pace on the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Woodland three-putted the second but made a tap-in gain at the next and added a two-putt gain from 10 feet at the reachable par-five fifth.

Heading into the back nine level-par after a long-range three-putt at the seventh, Woodland pitched in at the 11th for the first of five straight gains before extending his lead with a final-hole birdie.

Tway followed up his opening-round 66 by mixing three birdies with a sole blemish in a second-round 69, while DeChambeau fired a bogey-free 68 to also move into the share of the second.

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