Bryson DeChambeau (3/1 Hero World Challenge 2021 outright) sits one-shot clear at the top of the Hero World Challenge leaderboard at the halfway point after Rory McIlroy (11/1) fell away.

McIlroy set the pace during the opening round, signing for 66 on day one, but the Northern Irishman struggled to maintain those high standards on Friday and a round of 71 saw him slip to a tie for eighth on seven-under.

He is four shots adrift of leader DeChambeau at the Albany Resort following the American’s impressive eight-under-par 64 on day two.

“I just felt like I was playing good golf,” said DeChambeau.

“I was controlling the golf ball out there, so I had a lot of fun playing in the wind and making sure I executed the right shots at the right time, missing in the right spots.”

Tony Finau (7/1 Hero World Challenge 2021 outright), Brooks Keopka (11/2) and Collin Morikawa (7/2) are DeChambeau’s nearest rivals in a tie for second on 10-under, while Daniel Berger (11/1) is a shot further back.

With 17 of the world’s top 25 golfers at the 20-man invitational event in the Bahamas it was always expected to be a high-quality contest and that is proving to be the case.

Morikawa did hold a share of the lead until the final hole, having made an eagle and two birdies in the space of three holes on the back nine, however a bogey on the last saw him slip to second.

“I was making the birdies when I needed to,” Morikawa said. “Still felt like the driver’s a little off, but get a little timing a little bit better tomorrow and the next day and we’ll be just fine.”

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