Rory McIlroy failed to make ground on leader Akshay Bhatia with a second-round two-under-par 70 at the Valero Texas Open.

McIlroy started the day with a birdie before reeling off five straight pars until being pegged back by a bogey at the 16th.

His second birdie of the day came in bizarre fashion at the 18th. McIlroy’s wayward approach shot struck a fan in the stands, but the 34-year-old made the most of the free drop before sinking a long-range putt.

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Watch as McIlroy astonishingly makes a birdie despite a wayward shot finding the stands and hitting a fan!

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McIlroy then went bogey free across his back nine to keep himself in the hunt, but remains six strokes behind leader Bhatia, who sits on -11.

McIlroy had entered the day three under as he looks to find something close to top form heading into The Masters at Augusta.

Watch the third round of the Valero Texas Open, live on Sky Sports Golf from 3pm, Saturday. Stream the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, majors and more with NOW

Man Utd fan McIlroy nervous for Liverpool clash

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McIlroy is not confident that Manchester United will beat Liverpool

Rory McIlroy, a Manchester United fan, gave an honest assessment ahead of his side’s clash against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

“I’m not full of confidence for Sunday. We got a 0-0 draw at Anfield in December and I actually went to that game,” said McIlroy.

“We lost to Chelsea on Thursday, I really hope we get some sort of result on Sunday but I’m not too confident.”

When is The Masters on Sky Sports?

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The Masters is upon us and you can watch all the tremendous action and intense drama from Augusta live on Sky Sports, from Thursday April 11 to Sunday April 14

Wall-to-wall coverage from the tournament begins at 2pm over the first two rounds on Thursday April 11 and Friday April 12, with Featured Group action and regular updates from around the course available to enjoy on Sky Sports Golf until the global broadcast window begins at 8pm.

There will be lots of extra action throughout all four days via the red button on Sky Sports Golf, along with Sky Q and Sky Glass, providing plenty of bonus feeds and allowing you to follow players’ progress through various parts of Augusta’s famous layout.

The notorious Amen Corner stream will also be available and focuses on the famous three-hole stretch from the 11th, while a feed of the fourth, fifth and sixth holes will go live each day as soon as the opening group reach that part of the course.

Another stream covering the 15th and 16th hole is also available for every round, while extended coverage of the weekend action begins at both 3pm on both Saturday April 13 and Sunday April 14.

Sky Sports Golf will show build-up content and occasional live updates from the course before the global broadcast window starts at 8pm for the third round and 7pm for the final day, with early action available throughout via the red button.

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