Rory McIlroy makes late surge to join Tommy Fleetwood in halfway lead

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Mar 21, 2018
12 T Fleetwood (Eng), R McIlroy (NI); -9 J Furyk (US), B Harman (US), I Poulter (Eng), A Ancer (Mex); -8 K Kisner (US), K Mitchell (US), J Day (Aus)
Selected others: -7 D Johnson (US); -6 R Knox (Sco), K Bradley (US); -4 J Rose (Eng), E Pepperell (Eng); -3 T Woods (US), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -2 M Wallace (Eng)

Rory McIlroy made an impressive late surge to join Tommy Fleetwood in the lead of the Players Championship on 12 under after round two at Sawgrass.

The Northern Irishman, 29, made three birdies and an eagle on the back nine to card a superb seven-under-par 65.

England's Fleetwood, 28, had earlier hit a 67, making five birdies and two bogeys and also holing a bunker shot for eagle on the second.

"I need to just keep doing the same things," McIlroy told Sky Sports.

"It didn't happen for me last week but I did so many good things and it's been nice to be playing with confidence."

McIlroy and Fleetwood lead a group of four players, including Englishman Ian Poulter, by three shots in Florida.

Four-time major winner McIlroy is chasing his first PGA Tour win since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March last year.

"I felt really comfortable and I enjoyed it," he added.

"I'll try to keep that focus and commit. Two rounds is a long, long time but I've put myself in a good position."