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Rory digs deep in Dubai
05 Feb 2016 15:03
Rory McIlroy has not given up hope of retaining the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after flirting with disaster in a rollercoaster second round.
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The Holywood man birdied the last three holes to grind out a hard-fought 72 to leave him on four-under-par, six shots behind Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
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At one stage it looked as though the Northern Irishman might miss the cut after shooting three-over on the front nine.
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McIlroy then bogeyed the 11th but four birdies in his last six holes dug him out of a hole, and kept alive hopes of a weekend march up the leaderboard.
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"I did not have my best stuff with me and struggled at the start and in the middle of the round," McIlroy told Sky Sports.
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"I needed something, first and foremost just to be here for the weekend, and then to birdie the last three holes definitely gives me a little bit of momentum.
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"I felt like I played some decent golf out there but missed some short putts. I just wasn't committing to the lines I was picking. All in all it was a decent finish and if I can get off to a better start [on Saturday] you never know."
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Graeme McDowell followed up his opening 69 with a four-over 76 that left him on one-over for the tournament and outside the cut. Paul McGinley's 75 left him five-over as he also failed to make the weekend.
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