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Rory McIlroy is positioned nicely to launch an assault on the leaders at the Kolon Korea Open, having finished Day 2 on three-under, two strokes off the pace.
McIlroy is tied-fifth with four players ahead of him, led by Hong Soon-sang who holds the outright advantage on five-under.
Not everything was positive for the former world No. 1, who still lacked a degree of control to his game as he mixed seven birdies with five bogeys.
McIlroy wasn't entirely satisfied with his round of 69, as reported by Sky Sports:
I definitely missed a few opportunities out there. I definitely could have been a few shots better, but I'm in a good position going into the weekend and that's all you can ask for.
I don't need to go out there and be overly aggressive, but I just want to get myself into a good position for Sunday if possible.
The Northern Irishman actually drove the ball much better than in recent outings, but paid for some inaccurate approach play like his effort at the ninth—his final hole of the day.
Starting at the 10th, McIlroy instantly registered a birdie but then threatened to capitulate as he recorded four bogeys in five holes from the 12th.
He managed to steady the ship at the 18th and then accelerated on the front nine, making four birdies before his disappointing climax.
Nevertheless, sitting two strokes off the leader, he will expect to challenge over the remainder of the tournament.