Rory McIlroy earns share of lead at Korea Open

October 7, 2011
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his shot on the second hole during the first round of the Korea Open golf tournament at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Yang Young-suk) KOREA OUT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy took a share of the lead at the Korea Open by shooting a 2-under 69 Friday in the second round.

McIlroy, who finished third in the event two years ago, is tied for lead with four others at 137 overall. Defending champion YE Yang (70), Rickie Fowler (70), Bronson La'Cassie (67) and Mo Joong-kyung (66) are also at 137 at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club.

McIlroy had two birdies on the front nine, and then added others on the 12th and 14th holes. But bogeys on Nos. 13, 15 and 16 took him back to 1 under for the day until a birdie on 18.