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June 8 2012

6:40 PM

Discuss: Round 2 storylines

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Rory McIlroy opened with a birdie and an eagle in his first three holes on Friday afternoon.
Well, Rory McIlroy didn't waste any time in lighting up the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Friday. McIlroy, who will surely erase a streak of three missed cuts in a row, opened par-birdie-eagle in the first three holes of his second round to get within one shot of clubhouse leader J.B. Holmes. You can catch McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington in our featured group on Shot Tracker or when television coverage begins on Golf Channel at 3 p.m. The big-hitting Holmes, meanwhile, got off to a blistering start in the morning with an outward, 6-under 29. He finished with a 64 and was at 6 under for the tournament. In September 2011, Holmes had brain surgery to relieve pressure after experiencing vertigo-like symptoms.  The surgeon took out a piece of his skull about three-quarters the size of a golf ball to relieve the pressure on the cerebellum. Since his return at the Farmers Insurance Open in late January, Holmes has posted two top-10s and four top-25s in 13 events. First-round co-leaders Jeff Maggert ( On course) and John Merrick (69) were also near the top of the leaderboard. Also in the mix are U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III (68), who was at 4 under, and John Daly (69), who was at 3 under. So who do you think will be leading after Round 2? Can Maggert keep it going? Will McIlroy take it real low?
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