Rory McIlroy moves into contention at BMW Championship after Adam Scott stumbles

Rory McIlroy lies just two shots off the pace at the halfway stage of the BMW Championship following a late blunder by Australian Adam Scott.

Scott enjoyed a three-shot lead until making a double bogey on the 17th which left the top 32 players separated by just five shots on a top-quality leaderboard.

"Overall I felt really in control today," Scott said after adding a 69 to his opening 65 at Wilmington Country Club to reach eight under par.

"When you're playing that way it always could be a couple better and a poor shot on 17 was quite costly.

"It's a good reminder for the weekend that I've really got to keep it under control and don't want to have too many get off the map and get out of position around here.

"I kept it in position really well all day and had so many good looks and was cruising there for a while. But I'm in great shape going into the weekend. I don't even know when the last time I led a tournament was."

Scott ended the day with a one-shot lead over world number one Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, Cameron Young and Corey Conners, with McIlroy part of a five-man group on six under.

Scheffler is looking dangerous after making his move on Friday with a well-played 67. The in-form American is chasing his fifth win of the season.

"I got off to a really good start. After that it was pretty mediocre," Scheffler said. "Overall, I'm pleased with the round."

McIlroy, who chipped in for a birdie on the 18th to card a second consecutive 68, said: "It's funny, I probably didn't play quite as well today as I did yesterday but ended up shooting the same score.

"I'm probably coming off the golf course a lot happier than I was last night after dropping a few those last few holes and today picking a couple up.

"It's getting tricky. It's getting firm. It's only going to continue to get that way over the weekend, so it's nice to be in position."

The BMW Championship is the second of three FedEx Cup playoff tournaments, with the top 30 on points advancing to next week's season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

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