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Golf: Rory McIlroy stays ahead in Dubai

Published on Jan 31, 2014 6:30 PM
 
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot during the second round of the 2014 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, on Jan 31, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. McIlroy shrugged off a wayward start to his second round at the US$2.5 million (S$3.2 million) Dubai Desert Classic on Friday, Jan 31, 2014, to move further clear of the field. -- PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI (AFP) - Rory McIlroy shrugged off a wayward start to his second round at the US$2.5 million (S$3.2 million) Dubai Desert Classic on Friday to move further clear of the field.

A nine-under 63 had given the 24-year-old Ulsterman a two-stroke overnight advantage and the early starters failed to knock him off his perch as he sat back to wait on his early afternoon tee-time.

Englishman Danny Willett was the first to make a charge with six birdies down the back nine after starting his round at the 10th.

A bogey at the fifth was the only blemish on his card of 65, and he reached the halfway stage of the European Tour event at eight under.

 
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