McIlroy, Fowler, 3 others share lead in Korea

Rory McIlroy watches his shot on the second hole during the first round of the Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan, south of Seoul, South Korea.

Rory McIlroy watches his shot on the second hole during the first round of the Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan, south of Seoul, South Korea.

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot a a 2-under 69 Friday to take a share of the lead after the second round at the Korea Open.

McIlroy, who finished third in the event two years ago, is tied with four others at 137 overall. Defending champion Y.E. Yang (70), Rickie Fowler (70), Bronson La'Cassie (67) and Mo Joong-kyung (66) are also at 137 at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club.

McIlroy had two birdies on the front nine, and then added two more on the 12th and 14th holes. But bogeys on Nos. 13, 15 and 16 took him back to 1 under for the day until a birdie on 18.

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