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“To finish strong the way I did was great, and it gives me momentum going into tomorrow,” McIlroy said.

Holmes had his low round of the year as he works his way back from brain surgery last September. He had seven birdies and a bogey, putting himself into strong position.

“I wasn’t knocking pins down, but I hit them in there pretty close,” Holmes said. “Made a couple 6-footers, but I putted well. I was hitting it 15, 20 feet and making some putts.”

Maggert was the first to get to 7 under when he birdied No. 16, but he gave back the stroke with his lone bogey on No. 17 that left him pretty happy with only one with the TPC Southwind course playing tough.

“There’s probably 30, 40 guys still in the tournament,” said Maggert, who won the 2006 title.

Divots: Friday was McIlroy’s 150th round on the PGA Tour. He has never had two eagles in the same round, and Aaron Watkins was the last to do that here in Memphis when he eagled No. 5 and 15 in 2009. … Defending champion Harrison Frazar was among 80 missing the cut at 2 over. He was 11 over. David Toms, a two-time champ here, also missed the cut (9 over) along with 2010 U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell (8 over). … The second-round lead of 7 under is the highest at this event since Tommy Armour III lead at 3 under.