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Rory McIlroy two shots off the lead after grinding second round

Rory McIlroy is two shots off the lead heading into today's third round at golf's Arnold Palmer Invitational. 

The world number one lost ground with a one-over-par second round 73 last night while Tyrrell Hatton and Sung Kang are tied at the summit of the leaderboard at seven-under-par.

"It was a grind. I think I made it more of a grind than I needed to," McIlroy admitted.

"But yeah, it was tough. I mean, conditions were tricky, greens are getting firm, wind was out of a different direction today, so that made things a little interesting too. So but all in all, it would have been nice to get back to even par after a double on 8, but it was nice to make birdie on 17 and I'm still right there in the golf tournament.

"We'll see what the wind does over the next couple of days. If it persists like this and it's sort of that 15 to 20 and gusty, maybe. But I would like to think that if I play the way I know that I can play I can definitely get into double digits under par.

"I think if I shoot two scores in the 60s and get myself to double digits under par, I think I'll have a really good chance."

Graeme McDowell will tee off from two-under later.

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