WGC Bridgestone Invitational: Rory McIlroy three shots off lead
|Bridgestone Invitational first round|
|-7: J Walker (US) -5: T Pieters (Bel) -4: Z Johnson (US), R McIlroy (NI), H Matsuyama (Jap) Selected others: -3: R Knox (Sco), J Spieth (US), J Day (Aus) -2: T Fleetwood (Eng) -1: R Fisher (Eng) +1: J Rose (Eng)|
Rory McIlroy is three shots off leader Jimmy Walker in a share of third place after a one-under-par 69 in the second round at the Bridgestone Invitational.
Scotland's Russell Knox is a shot further back after a one-over-par 71 on a rain-interrupted day at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
Walker went round in 65 to take a two-shot lead from overnight leader Thomas Pieters, who carded a level-par 70.
Heavy rain saw play suspended for a time but everyone finished their round.
After the weather cleared, McIlroy chipped in for birdie from the rough behind the green at the par five 16th, following a wayward approach, to ensure he ended under par for his round.
"Once we got back out there after the delay, I think everybody felt a little flat," said the Northern Ireland player, who was playing his first tournament since splitting with caddie JP Fitzgerald.
"I didn't help myself by missing a few chances as soon as we came back out. Luckily, I found one birdie coming in,"