McIlroy hot in late stages of 2nd round to take Dubai lead
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy plays a shot on the 9th hole during the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United ADubai Desert Classicrab Emirates, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy shot 5-under for the seven holes he played Saturday to take a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Dubai Desert Classic.
The four-time major champion was three-under par for his round after 11 holes when play was suspended Friday after heavy fog in the morning had delayed the start of the second round by 2 hours, 50 minutes.
But in perfect conditions Saturday, the 28-year-old finished a great round with three consecutive birdies for a 64 and a two-round total of 15-under 129.
Jamie Donaldson, who shot 69, was in second place.
The cut was at 5-under, the lowest in the history of the tournament. The previous low cut was 3-under in 2001 and 2007.
The third round was scheduled for later Saturday.