San Antonio • Rory McIlroy matched the low round of the day with a 5-under par 67 and moved within three shots of the lead at the Texas Open on Friday, continuing his last-minute preparations for next week's Masters.
The world's No. 2 golfer, who decided to play in the tournament late last week, had seven birdies including his final three holes and overcame a bogey on No. 9 after driving into the rough and catching his left shin on a cactus.
"It was a good way to finish," McIlroy said. "It will definitely make dinner taste a little nicer tonight and give me a couple of more hours in bed tomorrow morning."
McIlroy is three shots back of leader Billy Horschel, who birdied his last two holes to post his second straight 4-under 68. Three players, including former BYU star Daniel Summerhays, are two shots back at 6 under.
Inbee Park took the second-round lead Friday in the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage, Calif., making three birdies in a row early on the back nine and rebounding from a wind-blown bogey with four straight pars.
Finishing in gusty conditions on another hot afternoon at Mission Hills, the 24-year-old South Korean player shot a 5-under 67 to reach 7 under. American Lizette Salas was a stroke back after a 68
Billy Horschel -8
Daniel Summerhays -6
Charley Hoffman -6
Steven Bowditch -6
Rory McIlroy -5