McIlroy hangs on to Hong Kong Open lead

December 2, 2011 - 6:26 AM
Hong Kong Golf Open

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy tees off at the 13th hole during the round two match of the Hong Kong Open golf tournament Friday Dec. 2, 2011 in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

HONG KONG (AP) — Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland retained a share of the lead at the Hong Kong Open on Friday after shooting a 1-under 69 in the second round.

The U.S. Open champion was joined at 7-under 133 by first-round co-leader Alvaro Quiros of Spain, who also had a 69.

Panuphol Pittayarat of the Philippines shot a 65 and Scotland's Richie Ramsay had a 66 to sit a shot back in second.

McIlroy had the chance to grab the outright lead at the last hole, but missed a 4-foot putt for par to finish an up-and-down round with a bogey, his second over the last three holes.