Viginia Water: Winds gusted at up to 29kph and spectators sought to avoid the driving rain at every opportunity but a sopping wet West Course at Wentworth provided a golfing sanctuary for Rory McIlroy on Friday.
The Northern Irishman, still hurting after scrapping his planned wedding to Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, posted a one-under-par 71 in the BMW PGA Championship second round to finish in a challenging position on five-under 139.
"Once you get inside the ropes you`re concentrating on your golf and it`s almost like four or five hours of a release to get everything out of your head apart from doing the job at hand," McIlroy told reporters at the European Tour`s flagship event.
"It`s nice. It`s the hours in the day when you`re away from it that are probably a little more difficult - you can`t let your mind wander at all when you`re trying to win a golf tournament."
McIlroy did not make the best of starts, mixing two bogeys and a double bogey with a solitary birdie in the opening seven holes.
The world number 10, though, eagled the par-five 12th for the second successive day before rebounding from a dropped stroke at the 13th with a dynamic sequence of three birdies in the last four holes.
"Even the way the conditions were, three-over after seven wasn`t great but it wasn`t disastrous," said McIlroy.
"I knew I had some chances coming on the back nine. It`s sort of been a characteristic of my game for the last few weeks and I knew that I would be okay."
Wentworth has never been a happy hunting ground for the former world number one. He has missed the cut in three out of six starts in the tournament and has a best finish of tied fifth in 2009.
"Five-under-par going into the weekend, when the conditions are pretty tricky, is a good effort," said McIlroy.
"I stood here yesterday saying I would be happy to make the cut and I`m in for the weekend which is nice. Hopefully I can make a run at it.
"I feel like I`m playing well enough to shoot something in the mid-60s, maybe not tomorrow as the weather doesn`t look too good, but I`m playing well enough to get myself in the mix going into Sunday," added McIlro