Crans Montana, Switzerland – Rory McIlroy fired a two-under 69 Friday to move into a share of the lead after two rounds of the European Masters.
McIlroy, the U.S. Open champion, was joined at eight-under-par 134 by Jamie Donaldson (66), Simon Dyson (68) and Gary Boyd (69).
First-round leader Nick Dougherty stumbled to a one-over 72 to slide into a share of fifth place at minus-seven. However, the Englishman will be around for the weekend to snap a streak of 21 consecutive missed cuts dating to the end of 2010 season.
Dougherty shares fifth place with 2010 PGA Champion Martin Kaymer (70), Jaco Van Zyl (68), Fabrizio Zanotti (66) and Danny Willett (64).
World No. 2 Lee Westwood (69), Thomas Bjorn (68), who has won twice this season, and Italian teenager Matteo Manassero (66) are among nine players tied for 10th place at six-under-par 136 at Crans-sur-Sierre.
MORE TO FOLLOW.