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Rory McIlroy believes he is in a “great position” to end his eight-year wait to win another major championship after two rounds of the British Open.

The world number two shot a four-under second-round 68 to move to 10-under on Friday, three shots behind overnight leader Cameron Smith.

It could have been even better for McIlroy but for missed putts, first par on 15 and a birdie at the end.

Despite those missed opportunities, McIlroy is still considered by experts to be “the man to beat.”

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The Northern Irishman will be in the final group on Saturday alongside Ryder Cup teammate Victor Hovland.

Cameron Young is second at 11 under, with dangerous American Dustin Johnson (-8) and world number one Scotty Scheffler (-7) within striking distance.

“I’m picking holes in everything: ‘I could have been a couple better,’ but I’m in a good position going into the weekend,” McIlroy said.

“Cam Smith is playing well this year and so is Cameron Young. Both amazing players; Nice leaderboard with Dustin Johnson and Victor Hovland.

“It’s going to be a good weekend and it’s good to be in the mix.”

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Australia's Cameron Smith took the lead at the 150th British Open on Friday with an eight-under second-round 64 to finish halfway through the tournament with a 13-under par.  (Photo by Glenn Kirk/AFP)
Australia’s Cameron Smith took the lead at the 150th British Open on Friday with an eight-under second-round 64 to finish halfway through the tournament with a 13-under par. (Photo by Glenn Kirk/AFP)Source: AFP

Despite a major drought at the 2014 PGA Championship after winning his fourth in three years, lifting the Claret Jug for the second time would be a great year for McIlroy.

The 33-year-old He has finished in the top 10 of all three majors in 2022 and won the Canadian Open last month.

“It’s been like this all year. I felt like I was in control of everything,” added McIlroy.

“I think the results and the consistency have backed that up.”

At the other end of the spectrum, it’s been a tough two days for 15-time major champion Tiger Woods in what could be a farewell revelation at St Andrews.

Woods thanked McIlroy for his “edge” as the pair finished their rounds.

And McIlroy will be hoping the American gets a chance to return to the home of golf instead of his struggles this week.

“It would have been a good time if it would have been eight-under than eight-over,” McIlroy said of his tie with Woods. “Everybody hopes that the old course is not the end of his life. I think he deserves, and we deserve, to have another crack at him.

“Hopefully, The Open will come back here in four or five years and get another crack, because how good he’s been in his career and how good he’s been at The Old Course, I think he’s better at it. He said.

Hovland Pits Beautiful Eagle | 00:47

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AUSSIE TEE TIMES (ALL AEST)

7:20 pm Anthony Quayle vs Chris Kirk (USA)

7:45 pm Jamie Rutherford (Eng.) Jason Scrivener

10.15 Pictor Perez (with) BRAD KENNEDY

11.30 Aaron Wise (US) Lucas Herbert

11:50 MIN WOO LEE Matt Fitzpatrick (Engineer)

12.15 am Patrick Cantey (USA) ADAM SCOTT

12.55am Cameron Young (US) CAM SMITH

Full Time (AEST)

5:35 pm Richard Mansell

5:45 Kevin Kisner (USA), Trey Mullinax (USA)

5:55 Adria Arnaus (ESPA), Toni Finau (USA)

6:05 Justin de los Santos (USA), Robert MacIntyre

6:15 Dean Burmeister (RSA), Francesco Molinari (ITA)

6:25 Robert Dinwiddie, Lars Van Meijl (NED)

6:40 Sebastian Munoz (COL), Jordan Smith

6:50 Im Sung-jae (COR), Aaron Jarvis (CI)

7:00 Sam Bairstow, Wyndham Clarke (USA).

7:10 Christian Bezuidenhout (RSA), John Parry

7:20 Chris Kirk (USA), Anthony Quayle (AUS)

7:30 Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN)

7:45 Jamie Rutherford, Jason Scrivener (AUS)

7:55 Paul Casey, Joaquin Niemann (Chi)

8:05 Marcus Armitage, Adrian Meronc (Pol.)

8:15 Jason Kochrak (USA), Justin Thomas (USA)

8:25 Corey Connors (CAN), Danny Willett

8:35 Billy Horschel (USA), Cameron Tringale (USA)

8:50 Laurie Kanter, Thomas Peters (BEL)

9:00 Dylan Fritelli (RSA), Russell Henley (USA)

9:10 Tommy Fleetwood, Brian Harman (USA)

9:20 Garrick Higo (RSA), Kurt Kitayama (USA)

9:30 Sam Burns (USA), Ian Poulter

9:40 (a) Filippo Celli (ITA), David Law

9:55 Sergio Garcia (ESP), Will Zalatoris (USA)

10:05 Nicolai Hoejgaard (DEN), Shane Lowry

10:15 Brad Kennedy (AUS), Victor Perez (FRA)

10:25 Kim Joo-hyung (KOR), Patrick Reed (USA)

10:35 John Rahm (ESP), Harold Varner III (USA)

10:45 Tristan Lawrence (RSA), Jordan Spieth (USA)

11:00 Thomas Detri (BEL), Xander Schauffele (USA)

11:10 David Carey, Lee Westwood

11:20 Abraham Anser (MEX), Yuto Katsuragawa (JPN)

11:30 Lucas Herbert (AUS), Aaron Wise (USA)

11:40 (a) Barclay Brown, Sadom Kaukanjana (THA)

11:50 Matthew Fitzpatrick, Min-Woo Lee (AUS)

12:05 am Kim Si-woo (KOR), Sahit Tegala (US)

12:15 Patrick Cantlay (USA), Adam Scott (AUS)

12:25 Taylor Gooch (USA), Tyrrell Hatton

12:35 Dustin Johnson (USA), Scotty Scheffler (USA)

12:45 Victor Hovland (NOR), Rory McIlroy

12:55 Cameron Smith (AUS), Cameron Young (USA)

Woods bowed to a standing ovation 01:26

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