Lee Westwood surged up the leaderboard after a four-under-par 68 on day two of the Wells Fargo Championship but Ryder Cup team-mate Rory McIlroy failed to build on his opening round in North Carolina.
Westwood moved into a tie for second – alongside McIlroy and one behind outright leader Scott Gardiner – on six under overall at Quail Hollow Club, although it could have been even better for the Englishman. A run of five birdies in eight holes took him to the top of the leaderboard before he dropped back after he could only manage a bogey 6 on the seventh.
McIlroy, who was in a share for the lead on five under overnight, dropped two shots to approach the turn in 38. But the Northern Irishman’s fortunes changed thereafter.
Birdies at the first, fourth and eighth holes ensured he remained firmly in the hunt at the halfway stage.