Golf: McIlroy moves into the lead

January 30, 2015 3:38 pm

World number one Rory McIlroy earned himself a slender lead as the Dubai Desert Classic reached the halfway point on Friday.
McIlroy,
who earned his first professional victory at this event in 2009, carded
an eight-under 64 on the second day’s play, to go with his 66 recorded
on Thursday.
Friday’s round, featuring eight birdies and no
dropped shots, leaves McIlroy ahead of Marc Warren by one shot, on
14-under overall.
McIlroy made a fine start, birdying three of the first five holes, before picking up further shots on the 10th and 11th.
Four
back-to-back pars followed, before the Northern Irishman finished his
round in style, with a hat-trick of birdies on the final three holes.
Warren,
meanwhile, carded nine birdies and two bogeys in his 65, and the Scot
stands alone in second ahead of Steve Benson and Graeme McDowell, tied
for third on 12-under.
Double defending champion Stephen
Gallacher is poised in a group of five golfers – including Thursday’s
leader Bernd Wiesberger – on 11-under.
The best round of the day
went to Morten Orum Madsen, who made seven birdies and an eagle at the
par-five 10th in his 63, to climb to joint-10th on the leaderboard, four
shots off the pace.
World number six Sergio Garcia improved
after his opening-day 75, but the Spaniard’s 71 saw him finish on
two-over par, which saw him miss the cut by four shots.

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