Rory McIlroy optimistic despite wasting lead at Scottish Open

Rory McIlroy is hopeful of forcing his way back into contention at the Scottish Open after a disastrous second round for the Northern Irishman.

Rory McIlroy has attempted to remain optimistic about his chances in Aberdeen after wasting a lead at the Scottish Open on Friday.

The Northern Irishman started day two with a one-shot lead thanks to a course-record 64 on Thursday, but his second-round troubles surfaced again as he carded a 78 to fall back to level par, and he admits that he was not expecting such a difficult day.

"It's been the case all year. I've got off to great starts and fell away but I am still in the tournament and I can go out in the morning and try to get some of those shots back," the 25-year-old told reporters.

"I just thought everything today was much tougher. When I woke up this morning and went to the gym the wind didn't seem like it was up as much as it is now, so I wasn't expecting this tough a test."

Ricardo Gonzalez, Marc Warren and Kristoffer Broberg hold a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the event.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts during the third round of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2014
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