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No.1 McIlroy charges into Deutsche Bank lead after second straight 65

September 1, 2012 -- Updated 2304 GMT (0704 HKT)
Rory McIlroy plays an approach shot during his second round 65 at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.
Rory McIlroy plays an approach shot during his second round 65 at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Rory McIlroy claims clubhouse lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship
  • Second straight 65 at TPC Boston for the Northern Irishman
  • Overnight leader Seung-Yul treads water with level par 71
  • Tiger Woods two back after second round 68

(CNN) -- World number one Rory McIlroy carded a second straight six-under-par 65 Saturday to take the lead at halfway in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

The Northern Ireland star made light work of the par-71 TPC Boston course, with the highlight an eagle three on par-five 18th -- his ninth hole of the day -- as his approach nestled close to the flag to delight the galleries.

Two bogeys in his second nine, including the par-five second where he found the water, halted his progress but successive birdies put him back on track and in the lead on 12-under 130.

McIlroy wins the PGA Championship
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The newly crowned PGA champion had predicted a low total to win the second round of the FedEX Cup playoffs and so it has proved.

"Now that I'm in the tournament, I just want to play as well as I can and maybe reassess things going into the last day," McIlroy told the official PGA Tour website.

"But I was very happy with the two scores that I've got already and know that I need to go out and play just as good tomorrow to give myself a chance going into Monday."

McIlroy entered the week in fourth place in the FedEx Cup points list, knowing a victory will elevate him to the top of the pile with a $10 million bonus at stake at the end of the four tournaments.

Overnight leader Seung-Yul Noh of South Korea could not progress with a level par 71 to follow his nine-under par opening round of 62.

It left him in a group on 133 while former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South African was in second place after a 66 for 131.

Tiger Woods, who shot an opening 64, backed it up to tie fellow American Ryan Moore for third on 132.

Phil Mickelson went into the clubhouse on six-under 136, two ahead of British Open champion Ernie Els of South Africa.

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