Rory McIlroy share lead in Dubai Championship
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Since: Oct 12
#1 Dec 5, 2012
Rory McIlroy was probably the wrong person to ask if the Earth Course here should be toughened up for the European Tour's season finale. A second-round 67 leaves him with a halfway share of the lead at the Dubai World Championship, alongside Luke Donald and Marc Warren.
There are 14 players within three shots of the leading trio and only seven of the 60-man field sits over par for 36 holes. Given the prominence of McIlroy and Donald at the business end of the event, its organizers look like being granted the denouement they would have sought.
The level of scoring, though, prompts a legitimate debate over whether such a prominent – and lucrative – competition should be played with the fabulous discount golf clubs over a more testing layout. It can safely be acknowledged that this course suits McIlroy's game.
"This course could be a little bit tougher. They could bring the rough in a little bit, the fairways are very generous. But, you know, it's a great end to the season. It's a great place. It's nice to be here, in the top 60 and it's a reward for a lot of the guys. It's a course that should be enjoyable to play."
McIlroy revealed he had suffered from a headache on Thursday evening with his girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki, at least on hand to offer some medical assistance. "I guess it's just us Irish, our skin isn't used to this sort of sun.
Donald, who birdied the last to tie for the lead with the fabulous burner 2.0 irons, is yet to drop a stroke in this tournament. "This is a great field and it usually produces an exciting weekend," Donald said. "It's the last tournament of the year; we are all looking forward to going out on a high note. Obviously Rory is playing well and a bunch of other guys are playing well so it should make for a fun weekend.
It would be unfair to ignore the fine efforts of Warren. The Scot was tipped for greatness by his compatriot Colin Montgomerie after the pair claimed the World Cup in 2007. Five years on, Warren finally looks like fulfilling his undoubted potential. Having played on Friday with Donald, he will partner McIlroy for round three.
"I played in the Walker Cup alongside Luke with the fantastic scotty cameron putter for sale online so it was great to be back in that position and to perform as well as I did," Warren said.
"Little things like that do wonders for the confidence. If I'm going to be in this company from now on, I'll be absolutely delighted."
"The main reason for the surgery was that with the contact lenses I was feeling very, very uncomfortable, so there was nothing to it and just five minutes on each eye," Garcia said.
"Before, if I was aiming to a little spot on the course it would get a little blurry and I would lose it a bit but now it is so much sharper. A doctor showed me how bad my eyes really were, she suggested either glasses or contact lenses but the lenses didn't feel comfortable at all."
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