By Evin Priest


Rory McIlroy edged closer to Jordan Spieth’s lead after his second round at The Masters, posting a 1-under par 71 to move to 3-under for the tournament, three back of the defending champion.

The Northern Irishman made five birdies, but cancelled them out almost entirely with a double-bogey and two bogeys in pursuit of his first Masters victory and career Grand Slam.

A surprise emergence in the pack was superstar amateur Bryson DeChambeau, who Australians were treated to watching play during the recent summer of golf. He is currently at 3-under par (-3 today) through 17 holes playing with Spieth.

The Aussies continued their lacklustre start to The Masters, with Jason Day signing off for a 1-over 71, sharing 17th place at 1-over par. Cameron Smith, on his Masters debut, will make the projected cut of 6-over after carding a second-round 73 to move to 3-over par. The 22-year-old shares 35th place with compatriot Marc Leishman (through 12), while 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott is a further three back at 6-over and tied for 55th. He needs to play the final seven holes in no worse than 1-under to make the cut.

Steven Bowditch continued his poor form and signed for an 82, bring his total to 17-over.

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