Sergio Garcia, playing for the first time since laser eye surgery, matched the course record with a 64 to leave him four shots behind.
McIlroy’s round could have been even better, but he missed several makeable putts on the front nine and an eagle putt roll past the hole at No. 14.
“I continued driving the ball well today and gave myself plenty of opportunities,” McIlroy said. “Missed a couple of short ones on the front nine for birdies. But apart from that, it was a very solid round of golf.”
Garcia started with four birdies on his first five holes and then had a string of birdies at the turn before holing a long putt for eagle on No. 14. But he shot into the water on No. 16 for a triple-bogey before recovering to finish with a birdie and eagle.
“Coming back from a long break, so trying to get some good vibrations going and I managed to finish better than that,” Garcia said.
“Obviously, haven’t dropped a shot in 36 holes, so feel good about that,” said Donald, who finished with four birdies in a bogey-free round. “I had some opportunities, 10-foot, 15-footers on a few holes that I just misread. But that was a solid round of golf.”
Donald said he wasn’t getting his approach shots as close to the pin as the first day, but made up for it with the putter, including a difficult birdie on No. 9 and nice par save on No. 12.
“When I have myself a little bit of trouble out on the course, I was able to recover with the putter,” Donald said.
“It was nice to be the Scot in the pack with the Englishman and the Northern Irishman,” Warren said. “It’s great to be in contention with guys like that. Looking down the leaderboard, it’s a high-quality leaderboard and doesn’t get any better anywhere in the world really.”
Two South Africans were a stroke behind at 134 — Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, shot a 67 and four-time tour winner Branden Grace had a 65.
Charl Schwartzel (67) and Richie Ramsay (68) were two shots off the pace, followed by another 10 players three strokes behind.View Entire Story
By Elaine Donnelly
Extending sexual misconduct to combat units
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Columns from Voices around the World talking about the events, people, politics and social issues that concern us wherever, and whoever, we are.
Video reviews of today's hottest trends in Minecraft (servers and mods) along with a look at the latest video games with your host MCairsoft14 (alias Jerad Zad).
Covering the world of soccer, including the World Cup, Major League Soccer, D.C. United and the English Premier League and other interesting sporting events.
Contributions to the Communities Sports desk from readers.
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal
Vietnam Memorial adds four names
Cinco de Mayo on the Mall
NRA kicks off annual convention