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Rory McIlroy shoots 67, leads PGA Championship

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Is Rory McIlroy bored? (Getty Images)
Is Rory McIlroy bored? (Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy is good at golf. I'm not sure what else to say at this point.

He's hitting ridiculous 5-woods 245 yards and making all the putts he needs to make to win the fourth major of his career. On Friday McIlroy backed up his Thursday 66 with a 67 in soggy conditions.

"I didn't get off to the best of starts but I caught fire a little bit at the turn and I'm really happy with 4 under par," said McIlroy to TNT.

McIlroy started off smoothly enough on the back nine before making bogey at No. 12. He then followed that up with a pair of birdies and a beastly eagle on No. 18.

Here's a look:

His front nine was much of the same.

A bogey at two with birdie at No. 7 and an exclamation mark birdie at No. 9. The one at No. 7 could have feasibly been an eagle after he dropped this illustrious 5-wood to about nine feet:

Two things make this 67 even better than it probably was.

1. The first is that the course isn't exactly playing easy on Friday as the players battled through torrential rain in the morning.

"The golf course is pretty wet so the ball's not running anywhere when it hits the round," McIlroy told TNT after his round. "When the rain was coming down this morning it made some of the tee shots a lot more difficult."

2. The second is that, like McIlroy's first round, he could have been about six strokes better. You'd need both hands to count all the putts that burned the edge of the cup today.

"I'm feeling good about my game," McIlroy said. "I'm confident. I'm still really in control of my game and my emotions and I'll need to do that again over the weekend as well."

A weekend he'll likely be in control of after the second round at Valhalla. As Golf World's Mike Johnson pointed out, we've been here before, but not very often:

I'm not sure what other golfers are rooting for at this point. At this point it looks like it's going to take an Ebola outbreak in Louisville to keep McIlroy from rolling through the weekend.

The real question, as someone on Twitter pointed out, doesn't seem to be if he'll win the third PGA Championship at Valhalla and fourth of his career, but who will play Bob May to Rory's Tiger.

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