Genesis Invitational: Rory McIlroy in contention as Tiger Woods' challenge falls away
|Genesis Invitational second-round leaderboard|
|-9 M Kuchar (US); -7 R McIlroy (NI), W Clark (US), H Varner III (US)|
|Selected others:-6 A Scott (Aus), SH Kang (Kor), R Henley, V Taylor (US); -4 J Rose, P Casey (Eng); Par T Woods (US), J Speith (US)|
World number one Rory McIlroy moved two shots behind leader Matt Kuchar at the Genesis Invitational after carding a second-round four-under-par 67 in California.
The Northern Irishman, 30, who returned to the top of the rankings on Monday, is tied for second with Americans Harold Varner III and Wyndham Clark.
America's Kuchar sits on nine under par overall following a second round of 69.
Tiger Woods' challenge fell away after a disappointing two-over-par 73.
Woods, who is aiming for a record-setting 83rd US PGA Tour win, was five shots off the pace after the first round at Riviera Country Club and avoided the cut by one shot.
The 44-year-old shot a double bogey and three bogeys alongside three birdies to reach the halfway stage of the tournament on even par overall.
"I'm so far back now," said tournament host Woods, who is tied with Sam Snead on 82 Tour victories.
"There are virtually about 50 guys ahead of me, 40 guys ahead of me. I'm going to have to make some birdies this weekend. I made some bad mistakes out there."
Australia's Adam Scott, South Korean Kang Sung-hoon and Americans Vaughn Taylor and Russell Henley all head into the third round three shots behind Kuchar on six under par for the tournament.
England pair Justin Rose and Paul Casey, America's former world number one Dustin Johnson and Spain's Jon Rahm are among a group of players on four under.