Rory McIlroy faces struggle to retain title as he slips down leaderboard

Rahm holds second-round lead in Dell event

Jon Rahm shot a five-under 66 at TPC Boston to grab a two-shot lead at the halfway mark of the Dell Technologies Championship.

Englishman Paul Casey and Canadian Adam Hadwin shot 65 to jump into a share of second place on seven-under with Americans Kevin Streelman (65) and Kyle Stanley (68).

Rahm already has a short history of strong finishes in his first trip to the TPC Boston. He's not even in the top 60 in strokes gained on approach shots, but the flat stick has been smoking.

"I'm a big believer that it is a little bit horses for courses like you hear, and Boston is definitely a track that sets up well for me", McIlroy said.

Adam Scott (+4011 Bookmaker) Scotty has been off for two weeks to celebrate the birth of his second child and I feel, as we have seen before on Tour, this often inspires a player to great heights. "I think they [amateurs] play the shot that they can pull off maybe once out of ten times instead of hitting the shot they can pull off seven or eight times out of ten".

Those heading out to the 12th hole will do a double-take when they see the changes. He was 10-over through 15 holes when he elected to stop.

"[This course] does fit my eye", added Rahm. With last week's 3rd place finish, Rahm is now the 5th ranked player in the world. I really think it's a really good golf course. It gives them a bit of a breather after Round One which has become traditionally, a very hard test out of the playoff gate. It can be a big green, but there's little sections you can hit it at.

He said he wouldn't mind playing it the same way he did during the practice round: Driver down the middle, then 5-wood to about 6 feet for birdie.

The Northern Irishman spoke on Thursday of his optimism about returning to a course on which he won in 2012 and 2016.

Rahm said after his round on Saturday that he's felt a little stunned by how far he's come over the previous year. Besides a missed cut at the U.S. Open McIlroy has finished no worse than T-35 in a tournament this season. "But you know, after last week, obviously I've got a lot of confidence now". "I'd love to get my name on that trophy one day - hopefully this November".

"Hopefully I can find that little spark that I found previous year and go on and play well from here until the Tour Championship. You know, anything can happen on the weekend now, so I'm in a good position for the event".

Rahm said he had to reassess his goals because he had accomplished his original ones so quickly. It has taken a reset of his own expectations and goals to slide back into the saddle and start mowing down fields again. Johnson leads the FedExCup standings after winning last week's Northern Trust tournament. Not up to his standards. The 28-year-old parted company with his long-time bagman on July 31 and replaced him temporarily with best friend Harry Diamond, who will remain as caddie for the rest of 2017.

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