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Jordan Spieth still leads as Rory McIlroy struggles

Rory McIlroy could only manage a second round 73 at the Travelers Championship, scraping into the weekend action by one shot
Martin McGoran

JORDAN Spieth remains out in front at the halfway stage of the Travelers Championship but Rory McIlroy tumbled down the leaderboard after a three-over 73 at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut.

Overnight leader Spieth followed up his opening-day 63 with a less impressive 69, thanks in part to a double bogey on the 13th hole, yet he sits one stroke ahead of Troy Merritt and Patrick Reed.

World number three McIlroy, who missed the cut at the US Open last week, found four bogeys over the back nine to fall into a share of 69th place, just one shot above the projected cut line.

Padraig Harrington enjoyed a better day as he sits tied eighth after a one-under par round of 69, which included two birdies and one bogey, the only one Harrington has had in 36 holes to date.

Seamus Power failed to make cut after rounds of 72 and 71.

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