Rory McIlroy is two shots off the lead halfway through the OneAsia Tour's Kolon Korea Open as he seeks his first victory of 2013. He shot 70-69 at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan, South Korea, and is tied for fifth place. Korea's Soon-sang Hong (69-68) holds a one-shot lead over three players.
"I'm driving the ball very well and for the most part my iron play is pretty good, but I definitely missed a few opportunities out there," said McIlroy, who made seven birdies and five bogeys Friday. "I definitely could have been a few shots better, but I'm in a good position going into the weekend and that's all you can ask for."
McIlroy finished 49th in the FedExCup in 2013 as he struggled to repeat the form he displayed in 2012, when he won five times worldwide, including the PGA Championship and two FedExCup Playoffs events. His win at the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship in November 2012 was his last professional win. He has fallen to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking after starting the year at No. 1.
McIlroy last competed in the Korea Open in 2011. He finished runner-up to Rickie Fowler, who claimed his first professional victory by six shots.
McIlroy isn't the only PGA TOUR member competing abroad this week. Dustin Johnson and Bo Van Pelt are playing in the European Tour's ISPS HANDA Perth International in Australia. Van Pelt (70-71), the defending champion, is tied for eighth after 36 holes, four shots behind leader Peter Hedblom. Johnson (69-74) is tied for 21st.