McIlroy in driver's seat at PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland kisses the Claret Jug after winning the British Open Championship....

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland kisses the Claret Jug after winning the British Open Championship. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:23 PM ET

LOUISVILLE, KY - The good news is that, heading into the weekend, no one has run away the PGA Championship just yet.

The bad news: The man in the driver’s seat has no intention of letting off the gas.

Rory McIlroy, who leads by one at nine-under, has his pursuers, but he has proven in the past to be a pretty decent front-runner. Two of his three major victories, including the British Open a few weeks ago, were products of 36-hole leads.

Jason Day, who was has three runner-up finishes in majors, including in McIlroy’s breakout 2011 U.S. Open victory, is just one shot back after posting a six-under 65, while Rickie Fowler, who finished second to McIlroy at the British, is right there too, two back at seven-under.

“I’ve had to learn to be a good front-runner,” McIlroy said Friday following his second-round 67.


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