Three-way lead in Scotland as McIlroy struggles

Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:04pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Ricardo Gonzalez, Kristoffer Broberg and Marc Warren were in a three-way tie for the lead at the halfway stage of the Scottish Open on Friday, while Rory McIlroy suffered a second round meltdown a day after shooting a course record at Royal Aberdeen.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy went seven-under on Thursday, but there was no repeat second time around as he hit a seven-over par 78 to drop from first place to a share of 34th.

"Just one of those days when nothing really went right, I'm here for the weekend at least," McIlroy said of a round that featured six bogeys and a seven on the par-five 12th to leave him on par, six shots off the lead.

Argentina's Gonzalez looked to be on track for a two-shot lead after 36 holes, but a double bogey on the 18th saw him fall back to an even-par 71 for the round.

Together with Sweden's Broberg (71) and Scot Warren (69), the trio hold a one-shot advantage over England's 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose (68) heading into the weekend at the traditional curtain-raiser to next week's British Open.

(Reporting by Josh Reich, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Rory McIlroy tees on the third tee during the final round of the 2014 U.S. Jun 15, 2014; Pinehurst, NC, USA;Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports