Dubai Desert Classic

February 11, 2011 by staff 

Dubai Desert Classic, (UKPA) – Rory McIlroy still leads the Dubai Desert Classic after 68 seconds Omega Tower – but his lead over Sergio Garcia and Thomas Aiken is one, and Tiger Woods is also in the race.

Woods followed his “itch” opening 71 and 66 best-of-day to move to seven under and joint fifth place. Without a win for nearly 15 months it has even led for a few minutes after the beginning of the 27th day, but that was before McIlroy hit in UAE again.

The 21-year Northern Irish came back from a bogey on the second with five birdies, the last of them on the long 18th he beating the former world number two South African Garcia and Aiken.

They both had a 67 seconds time to time, the back-to-Spanish form keeping a bogey off his card for the second consecutive day.

Rory McIlroy to continue to set the pace after the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic, but Tiger Woods is at his heels after the world number one has produced his three best golf courses in 2011.

Woods carded a 66 bulbs of six under par, the best round of the day, to lie four shots off the pace set by the Northern Irish McIlory, which is on 11 under par after posting a 68 to Following his 65 on Sunday.

The Spaniard Sergio Garcia has maintained its recent improvement with a second successive five-under-67 behind McIlroy by one stroke, with Thomas Aiken of South Africa, who matched Garcia scores over the first two days.

But the talk was of Woods’ spectacular return to form and world number three could not hide his joy with his display.

Woods – Family is the most important thingĀ  “I played myself back in the tournament. I felt like I hit the ball much better and the greens were absolutely perfect,” Woods said on the official website of the European Tour.

Englishman Steve Webster recorded 68 seconds from time to time and is on his own in fourth place, three strokes behind, while Woods is part of a group of five players on seven under par that includes Denmark Anders Hansen.

World number one Lee Westwood produced another consistent performance and his two-under-par 70 left him six strokes behind McIlroy, while world number two Martin Kaymer is another shot back.

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