McIlroy finds some form

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Updated: June 9, 2012

Rory McIlroy birdied three of his last four holes to surge into a one-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday.

The Northern Irishman, who had missed the cut in his last three tournaments, looks to be getting his game on track just in time for the defence of his US Open crown in San Francisco next week with a five-under-par 65 for a total of 133.

Opening round co-leader Jeff Maggert, the 2006 winner here, shot a second-round 68 to share second place with fellow Americans J.B. Holmes (64) and Kevin Stadler (65).

Tied for fifth were Americans John Merrick (69), Chad Campbell (67) and Kevin Kisner (66), with US Davis Cup captain Davis Love III, Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, Noh Seung-yul of South Korean and American Ken Duke another shot away at 136.

Another shot adrift was two-time major winner John Daly, who shot a second-round 69 on return to his former home course.

On the European Tour, world No 3 Lee Westwood responded to a challenge from a fast-chasing Ross Fisher to maintain a three-shot lead at the Nordea Masters in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday

Westwood, who seized control with a sizzling eight-under 64 on Thursday, was again in a free-scoring mood in good conditions as he collected five birdies on the way to a four-under 68 and a three-round tally of 200, 16 under.

Fellow Briton and European Ryder Cup teammate Fisher is in second place on 203 after compiling a 65.