McIlroy cards 65, trails Scott by 2 at Australian Open

Rory McIIroy laughs as he waits to play his shot off the first tee during Round 2 of the Australian Open.

Rory McIlroy made nine birdies en route to a second-round 7-under 65 on Friday at the Emirates Australian Open.

McIlroy is now 10 under overall, two shots back of leader Adam Scott, who fired a second-round 70.

"I feel like I'm playing well," McIlroy said. "I'm hitting the ball well off the tee and giving myself plenty of chances. It was good to see a few more putts go in today.

“As I've said for the last few weeks, the game is feeling much better and I'm much more comfortable with it.”

A day after firing a course-record 10-under 62, Scott made seven birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey on Friday. The Australian already has victories this month at the Australian PGA and Australian Masters.

“It was going to be a day where you just have to hang on," Scott said. "It was at times really difficult and I think I held it together pretty well.”

Richard Green is solo third at 9 under while fellow Australian Matthew Jones is fourth at 8 under. Amateur Brady Watt and Alistair Presnell are part of a four-way tie for fifth at 6 under.

Other notables making the cut include Aaron Baddeley (3 under), John Senden (3 under) and Jason Day (even).

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