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Published: 10:09 | 9/4/16

McIlroy hoping to make up for 2011

The Ulsterman let slip a four-shot lead in the final round at Augusta five years ago

Rory McIlroy says "Augusta owes me something" after carding a second-round 71 to move into contention at the top of the Masters leaderboard.

The world number three is now just one stroke behind leader Jordan Spieth, and will be in the final group with the current Masters champion in Saturday's third round.

McIlroy says he is determined to keep his focus as he aims to secure the title which will complete a career Grand Slam of majors, following his US Open win in 2011, his PGA Championship victories in 2012 and 2014 and his Open success in 2014.

The 26-year-old famously missed out on the US Masters in 2011 after letting slip a four-shot lead going into the final round, and the Northern Irishman is determined to expunge the memory of that Sunday round of 80 in Augusta.

"I sort of feel that Augusta owes me something and I have come with that attitude," he said.

"I have come here to get something that I should have had a long time ago.

"You need to be so focused and in control of your emotions here. It’s about not getting fazed and mentally I have been good the last couple of days. I need to keep that going for the next two days."

Ryder Cup skipper Darren Clarke missed the cut, after a second-round 84, which included four double bogeys and five bogeys, left him 16 over par.

Graeme McDowell slumped to 81 and nine over par after an encouraging first-round 72, so McIlroy and Shane Lowry will be the only Irish challengers over the weekend.

Lowry started the day on four under par, two shots behind first-round leader Spieth, but bogeyed his opening two holes and ended up carding a four-over 76 to drop down to tied eighth, four shots behind Spieth.

"It's a long way to go around this place. You're only ever a bad bounce away from a bit of a disaster, so you've just got to keep your head on," the Offaly golfer said.

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