Rory tied for Korean Open lead

Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and defending champion YE Yang have grabbed a share of the lead at the Korea Open.

Northern Ireland’s World No 3 and reigning US Open champion Rory McIlroy shares top spot with four others, Rickie Fowler and Southern Korea’s defending champion YE Yang included, after the second round of the Korea Open at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club near Seoul.

McIlroy, who finished third in this event in 2009, added a two-under 69 to his opening 68 to reach the halfway mark tied for the lead at five-under.

US young gun Fowler and 2009 PGA winner Yang – the two first round leaders – joined McIlroy on that number after posting 1-under 70s while their 5-under total was also matched by Korean Mo Joong-kyung (66) and Australian Bronson La’Cassie (67).

McIlroy enjoyed a solid front nine with birdies at four and five. but once again he seemed to lose focus and erratically stumbled on the back with three bogeys in four holes from the 13th.

However birdies at 12 and 14 kept him in the hunt for the lead and a closing birdie, which the other pacesetters failed to match, left him in a share at the top.