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McIlroy storms the lead in Rome

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy became this Friday the new leader of the Italian Open, a DP World Tour golf tournament played in Rome, by presentin


Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy became this Friday the new leader of the Italian Open, a DP World Tour golf tournament played in Rome, by presenting a card of 66 strokes (5 under par) on the second day, which had to interrupted due to lack of light with twenty players still on the field.

McIlroy, who has 133 hits (down 9), is behind two Englishmen with very different ranks in the world ranking: Matt Fitzpatrick, number 11 and who is second to one; and Tom Lewis, 655 in the ranking and who is third to two. Further back, at three, the Frenchman Víctor Pérez appears alone, while six players are tied at four, including the Englishman Tyrrell Hatton and the Spanish Sebastián García Rodríguez. McIlroy, 33 years old and winner of 34 titles, including four ‘majors’, delivered this Friday at the Marco Simone Roman club a card of 66 strokes with an eagle and six birdies for three bogeys. Frenchman Julien Quesne scored a hole in one on the par 3 hole.

García Rodríguez is the best of the Spaniards thanks to a second round of 66 (-5), five fewer than he needed in the first. He completed the lap with four burdies and an eagle on 18th. A blur on 15th prevented him from finishing higher. Álvaro Quirós (-4) and Jorge Campillo (-1) are also under par. Twenty players were unable to finish their rounds, including Santiago Tarrío, Pablo Larrazábal and Alejandro Cañizares.