Golf Club: Bryson DeChambeau is in the lead midway through the Hero World Challenge, while Rory McIlroy is four shots down

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Golf Club: Bryson DeChambeau is in the lead midway through the Hero World Challenge, while Rory McIlroy is four shots down
Source: Skysports

Golf Club: At the midway stage of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, Bryson DeChambeau went on a blistering birdie run to take a one-shot lead.

The former US Open champion took advantage of the par-four first and recorded eight birdies in a ten-hole run starting from the sixth hole, before recovering from a double-bogey at the 16th to pick up a stroke on his penultimate hole and finish with a second-round 64.

DeChambeau enters the weekend on 11 under par, one stroke ahead of long-time rival Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, and Collin Morikawa, who, with a win, could overtake Jon Rahm at the top of the world rankings.

“When I needed to, I was making the birdies,” Morikawa explained. “Still seemed like the driver’s a little off, but get a little timing a little bit better tomorrow and the next day and we’ll be just great.”

Morikawa had shared the lead until a final-hole bogey after making an eagle and two birdies in three holes on his back nine, while Finau birdied three of his last five holes to close to within a shot of the lead.

On his way to a second consecutive 67, Koepka blended six birdies with a lone bogey, with overnight co-leader Daniel Berger two shots back in fifth after a final-hole birdie lifted him to a three-under 69.

Sam Burns moved to eight under par alongside England’s Tyrrell Hatton after a bogey-free 65, but Rory McIlroy fell four shots behind following an inconsistent second round 71.

McIlroy scored six birdies but also had three bogeys and a double-bogey in a mixed performance that left him tied for ninth place with Patrick Reed and Viktor Hovland.

At the halfway stage, Justin Rose and Matt Fitzpatrick are tied for 16th place, with Harris English and 2019 champion Henrik Stenson the only players above par in the 20-man field.

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