FILE - In this Saturday, June 18, 2016 file photo, Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the rain delayed second round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club, in Oakmont, Pa. McIlroy says he w
Charlie Riedel, File
July 01, 2016

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy roared back into contention at the French Open on Friday, sinking six birdies in a 5-under round of 66 to join a five-way share of the lead.

The Northern Irishman could have taken the overall lead at the Le Golf National course - which is hosting the 2018 Ryder Cup - but a poor tee shot on the 18th hole led to a bogey.

South Korea's Wang Jeung-hun matched McIlroy's 66, while Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand - who was one stroke behind overnight leader Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark - posted a 1-under 70 for a share of the lead. The other co-leaders, Mikko Ilonen of Finland and South African Brandon Stone, had 68s.

Bjerregaard is three shots behind after four bogeys in a 74.

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