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Rory McIlroy confident of overhauling Hideki Matsuyama despite six-shot deficit

• World No3 had six birdies in improved second round in Shanghai
• Hideki Matsuyama went one better with brilliant 65

Rory McIlroy is confident he can overturn a six-shot deficit to Hideki Matsuyama and claim a fourth win of the year in the WGC?HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

The world No3 McIlroy managed just two birdies in an opening 71 at Sheshan International on Thursday to trail overnight leader Rikard Karlberg by seven shots. And although the four-time major winner carded seven birdies in a second round of 66, that was only good enough to reduce his deficit by a single shot thanks to a brilliant 65 from Matsuyama.

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