Rory McIlroy And Marc Warren Join Luke Donald In Lead At Dubai

Rory McIlroy

Kevin Liles-US Presswire

It took a birdie on the 18th hole at the DP World Championship, Dubai for first round leader Luke Donald to keep a share of the lead, but with two rounds in the books at the  Jumeirah Golf Estates, Donald put another bogey free round together to pull even with Rory McIlroy who was sitting in the clubhouse at eleven under par. Marc Warren from Scotland, who was partnered with Donald in the final group, had a look at birdie on 18 to take the outright lead, but made par and finished in a three way tie.

The world’s number one golfer shot a -5 under par 67 on Friday, but picked up his first bogey of the tournament on par three 4th hole. He had three birdies on the front, and three on the back for a pretty ho hum round of golf for the youngster from Northern Ireland. McIlroy also had a birdie look on the 18th hole for the outright lead, but could not convert.

After an opening round 66 on Thursday, Marc Warren followed with -5 under 67 to keep up with the leaders.

South African, Branden Grace fired a -7 under par 65 and posted the early lead. Grace got off to a good start with a hat trick of birdies at the first three hole before he picked up his first bogey of the tournament at the par 3 4th hole. With two birdies at 14 and 15, he got in the clubhouse at -10 under par but had to wait to see if it would hold up. It didn’t. Louis Oosthuizen joined Grace at -10 under par with an eagle 3 at the par five 14th hole.

With two golfers, South African Charl Schwartzel, and Ritchie Ramsay from Scotland tied for sixth position at nine under par,and two strokes off the pace,  The 2011 Masters Champion shot a -5 under 67 on the day with birdies at the final two holes,  taking his only bogey of the tournament at the 10th hole. Ramsay dropped a position with a -4 under par, and picking up his first birdie at the 12th hole.

There is a huge log jam of nine players at -8 under par including Danny Willett from Scotland who went -7 under par on the strength of back to back Eagles at the par 5 14th and par 4 15th holes. Number two in Race To Dubai points Peter Hanson joined the group with a five birdies on the back nine and posting a -5 under par 67. Nicolas Colsaerts joined this group with birdies at 17 and 18.

The biggest mover on the day was Sergio Garcia, who didn’t have one par on his back nine. He posted two eagles, four birdies, and a triple bogey seven at the par 4 16th hole. with five birdies on the front nine, the Spaniard tied the course record set by Lee Westwood in 2009 at -8 under par 68. Garcia climbed 31 positions and sits in a tie for 18th place at -7 under par. four stroke back of the leaders.

On the strength of two birdies and two bogeys, Gonzalo Fdez-Costano, playing with Rory McIlroy, shot even par and dropped 21 positions into a tie for 23rd place at six under par. Fdez-Costano had a share of second place when the day started.


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