McIlroy shoots 5-under 67 to pull within shot of the lead at Texas Open

Rory McIlroy matched the low round of the day with a 5-under par 67 and moved within a shot of the lead at the Texas Open on Friday, continuing his last-minute preparations for next week's Masters.

The world's No. 2 golfer, who decided to play in the tournament late last week, had seven birdies — including his final three holes — and overcame a bogey on No. 9 after driving into the rough and catching his left shin on a nearby cactus.

McIlroy is a shot back of a group of four leaders at 6 under, including Daniel Summerhays, Steven Bowditch, Charley Hoffman and Billy Horschel, with Horschel still on the course.

Thursday's co-leaders, Matt Bettencourt and Peter Tomasulo, each shot 1-over 73s and fell two shots off the lead.