Rory McIlroy has admitted that he is delighted to be in contention for a tournament win for the first time this season.
However, McIlroy believes that his second-round performance shows how his game is improving ahead of the Masters next week.
The former world number one said: "I'm looking forward to getting into contention. I haven't really been in contention this year and it'll be nice to get in the mix.
"I want to play well and know if I play well, I'll have a great chance to win. I knew the conditions were good and you had to take advantage of it."
McIlroy won five tournaments in 2012 but is yet to record a victory this year.