Three tied for lead in Dubai golf tournament
BY MICHAEL CASEY Associated Press
Saturday, November 24, 2012
11/24/12 at 6:55 AM
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Rory McIlroy shot a 5-under 67 Friday and was tied for the lead with Luke Donald and Marc Warren after two rounds of the season-ending Dubai World Championship.
McIlroy, the top-ranked golfer, has already won the money titles on the European and PGA tours. He was one stroke in front at 11-under 133 with Donald (68) and Warren (67).
Sergio Garcia, playing for the first time since laser eye surgery, matched the course record with a 64 to leave him four shots behind.
McIlroy's round could have been even better, but he missed several makeable putts on the front nine and an eagle putt just rolled past the hole at No. 14.
"I continued driving the ball well today and gave myself plenty of opportunities," McIlroy said. "Missed a couple of short ones on the front nine for birdies. But apart from that, it was a very solid round of golf."
Donald joined McIlroy and Warren at 11 under with a short birdie putt on the 18th. Warren had a chance to take the outright lead, but was short on his 12-foot putt on the 18th.
"Obviously, haven't dropped a shot in 36 holes, so feel good about that," said Donald, who finished with four birdies in a bogey-free round.
Garcia started with four birdies on his first five holes and then had a string of birdies at the turn before holing a long putt for eagle on No. 14. But he shot into the water on No. 16 for a triple-bogey before recovering to finish with a birdie and eagle.
Charl Schwartzel (67) and Richie Ramsay (68) were two shots off the pace, followed by another 10 players three strokes behind.
Original Print Headline: McIlroy joins leaders in Dubai
Marc Warren of Scotland tees off on the second hole during the second round of the DP World Golf Championship on Friday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. FRANCOIS STEENKAMP/AP