McIlroy in the Wells Fargo hunt

A solid five-under-par 67 has left World No 1 Rory McIlroy just three shots off the lead after two rounds at Quail Hollow.

McIlroy’s maiden PGA Tour victory came at the Wells Fargo Championship five years ago, and his bogey-free, five-birdie round on Friday has given him a real chance of repeating the feat.

McIlroy hit 13 of 18 fairways and 14 of 18 greens to give himself plenty of chances, and he’s hoping for more of the same over the weekend.

“I’m not putting myself under that much stress,” McIlroy said after his round. “I’m making it good on myself. I drove the ball beautifully at TPC Sawgrass and I’ve continued to do that this week.”

Despite his solid play, McIlroy’s iron play wasn’t as accurate as he’d like, and he will look to improve on that going forward. The birdies weren’t coming as thick and fast as he wanted, but he no longer allows himself to get too frustrated about it.

“I think I’ve gotten a lot better at staying patient. That’s probably one of the strengths of my game now,” McIlroy said. “It’s just knowing from experience what a good score is. If you’re putting yourself in position to score and it’s not happening, you know you’re not losing any ground on the field.

“The way I hit it today, I felt like I could have shot 63 or 64, but realizing 67 is still a good score and puts me in a great position going into the weekend.”