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Sport Kuchar leads, McIlroy two back at Riviera

06:00  15 february  2020
06:00  15 february  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

McIlroy back to world No 1

  McIlroy back to world No 1 Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy has returned to the top of the world rankings for the first time since September 2015.  McIlroy and Brooks Koepka did not contest last week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am, but McIlroy has moved above the American due to the vagaries of the two-year rolling ranking system.However, both are in action at this week's Genesis Invitational, where Webb Simpson is set to be the only member of the world's top 10 not competing in a star-studded field at Riviera.

World number one Rory McIlroy carded a 68, one shot better than Brooks Koepka, who he has just replaced at the top of the rankings. Kuchar wielded his putter with precision to open a three-shot lead over a group of five players. A year ago at the same venue, the American arrived mired in controversy

Matt Kuchar fired a sparkling seven-under 64 on Thursday to seize a three-shot lead after the first round Woods was still a teenager when he played his first US tour event at Riviera , but he has never won "I got off to a nice start on the front nine and just didn't hit many good shots on the back nine," said "That's definitely a big key here," he said. McIlroy had two eagles in his round, but said he put

a man holding a fish: American Matt Kuchar © Getty Images American Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar is two shots clear at the halfway mark of the Genesis Invitational, while Rory McIlroy remains in contention.

Having opened with a 64, Kuchar carded a two-under 69 to move into nine under at the Riviera Country Club in California on Friday.

The American mixed four birdies with two bogeys and sits ahead of McIlroy (67), Harold Varner III (68) and Wyndham Clark (68).

McIlroy, the world number one, produced another fine round, which included six birdies and two bogeys.

The Northern Irishman capitalised on the three par-fives – the first, 11th and 17th holes – by birdieing each.

'All my focus is on winning events': New world No 1 Rory McIlroy sets his sights on run to Masters glory

  'All my focus is on winning events': New world No 1 Rory McIlroy sets his sights on run to Masters glory DEREK LAWRENSON IN LOS ANGELES: Imagine having a local rapper chanting rhymes to a sizeable crowd as you prepare to play to the par three 16th at the Genesis Invitational pro-am. This is about as far removed as it gets from the stuffy image so many have of the Royal and Ancient game.'Here's Ror-ee McIlroy, what's he gonna do, can he play under pressure yo?' When McIlroy stops laughing, and the rapper stands to one side, McIlroy takes dead aim. 'Oh my, he's only gone and put it in the hole, bro,' is the next line, to a stroke that never left the flag.

Rory McIlroy is just two strokes behind leader Matt Kuchar at the halfway stage of the Genesis Invitational He did well to hole from six feet to save bogey at the seventh, but a birdie-birdie start to the back Rory McIlroy was happy with his game management and is looking forward to staying in

World number one Rory McIlroy carded a 68, one shot better than Brooks Koepka, who he has just replaced at the top of the rankings. Kuchar wielded his putter with precision to open a three-shot lead over a group of five players. A year ago at the same venue, the American arrived mired in controversy

It is a congested chasing pack, with Sung Kang (67), Adam Scott (64), Vaughn Taylor (67) and Russell Henley (69) tied for fifth at six under.

The 2005 champion and a two-time runner-up, Scott's round was the day's best as the Australian holed seven birdies – including four on his final six holes.

Tiger Woods, whose foundation hosts the tournament, battled to a two-over 73 to fall back to a tie for 45th.

The 15-time major champion is joined at even par by Jordan Spieth (70) and Brooks Koepka (73).

Dustin Johnson is in a far better position after shooting a five-under 66 that lifted him into a share of 11th place alongside nine others, including defending champion J.B. Holmes (69).

Macron seeks leading role in post-Brexit EU nuclear strategy .
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday advocated a more coordinated European Union defense strategy in which France, the bloc's only post-Brexit nuclear power, and its arsenal would hold a central role. Addressing military officers graduating in Paris, Macron set out his country's nuclear strategy in a bid to show leadership one week after nuclear-armed Britain officially exited the EU. Macron highlighted how France sees its nuclear weapons as a deterrent against attacks from belligerent foes, though he conceded France’s nuclear might is diminished after its military scaled down its arsenal to under 300 nuclear weapons.

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