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22nd September 2012, 10:18am

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McIlroy and Woods: Contrasting fortunes

McIlroy and Woods: Contrasting fortunes

Jim Furyk had the round of the day at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, but Rory McIlroy's 10th successive sub-70 score has put him back on course for a £6million jackpot this weekend.

On the day he put his home in Northern Ireland on sale for £2million, the 23-year-old world number one sank a 25-foot eagle putt on the 16th in a second round 68 at East Lake.

With Tiger Woods, joint overnight leader with England's Justin Rose, struggling to a 73 McIlroy, winner on his last two starts, is now leading the race for the massive FedEx Cup play-off bonus again even though he stands "only" joint seventh in the tournament at halfway.

On seven under par Furyk leads the event by one from Rose after a 64 that included an outward 29 in which he birdied five of the first seven holes and then almost pitched in for eagle at the long ninth.

Rose birdied the difficult short 18th for the second day running to edge a stroke in front of Bubba Watson and Bo Van Pelt, but after a double bogey and five bogeys, four of them in the last eight holes, Woods fell all the way to joint 12th.

McIlroy explained his house sale by telling Sky Sports: "I'm only spending about two weeks a year back home, so from a financial point of view it didn't make sense to keep it.

"I'm travelling all over the world, I don't have a full-time base over here (in America) and don't think I will for a while."

On many of his weeks off McIlroy travels to see Danish girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, the former tennis world number one, and he added: "Hopefully when I go home Mum and Dad will have a room for me!"

He had a lucky break on the 10th, hooking his drive against a fence but being given a free drop because of ground under repair.

Woods resumed with an untidy bogey after pushing his approach to the first into a bunker and his birdies at the third and seventh both came after he had driven into more sand.

He missed the green at the next, fluffed a chip and double-bogeyed, came back with a birdie, but then dropped more strokes at the 11th and 12th.

Furyk won the FedEx Cup £6million two years ago and looked to have a chance of a 59 when he had seven birdies in the first 10.

More came at the 15th and 17th, but there were also bogeys at the 13th, 16th and 18th.

"For me the back nine plays quite a bit tougher," the 42-year-old said.

"I stumbled a bit again, but I've got myself back in the hunt.

"When I'm playing well I can play on any course and here there's more of a premium on keeping the ball in play."

Luke Donald shot 69 to stand level par and joint 16th, but with a 73 Lee Westwood was 28th in the 30-man field on five over.

Not exactly what he was looking for a week before the Ryder Cup in Chicago - and the same can be said for Woods after his error-ridden round.

Woods was unhappy with his round which he admitted was not up to standard.

He said: "I didn't play very good today. Didn't hit it very good, and definitely didn't putt well. So it was a struggle all day."

Woods also admitted his poor start on the opening hole got him off on the wrong foot.

"Had a bad pitch and a bad putt, so I thought it might have turned around at three.

"Played one of the best shots I've ever played out of that lie, and then for some reason I just struggled the rest of the day."

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