Dubai Invitational: Rory McIlroy maintains lead despite quadruple bogey at second |  Golf news

Dubai Invitational: Rory McIlroy maintains lead despite quadruple bogey at second | Golf news

Rory McIlroy shot a one-under-par 70 on Friday at the Dubai Invitational despite making a quadruple bogey seven on the eighth hole; Tommy Fleetwood is three shots from the front; watch the third round from 7.30am on Friday live on Sky Sports Golf

12:53, UK, Friday 12 January 2024

Rory McIlroy maintained his lead at the Dubai Invitational despite making a quadruple bogey in his second round of the DP World Tour event.

The Northern Irishman’s two-shot advantage would have been even greater had it not been for the seven he made on the eighth hole, where the world No 2 found the water twice.

McIlroy responded convincingly to the only shot he dropped in the opening two rounds at the Dubai Creek Resort, making three birdies on the back nine to finish at one over and move to 10-under for the tournament.

Denmark’s Jeff Winther shot a five-under 66 to move into the second round along with Germany’s Yannik Paul, while McIlroy’s Ryder Cup teammate Tommy Fleetwood is among the five-under par.

Sky Sports’ Rob Lee and Tim Barter review Rory McIlroy’s second performance at the Dubai Invitational as he finishes at the bottom of the day to retain the overall lead.

After shooting a career-best 62 on Thursday, McIlroy took off as birdies on the third and fourth holes took him to -11.

However, disaster struck on the 214-yard eighth when McIlroy came close and found the water, before repeating the error from the low point, which was about 75 yards from the green.

After finding the green on his third attempt, McIlroy would putt a seven that would put him out for a while.

Rory McIlroy’s early dominance continued in the second round at the Dubai Invitational when he hit his second shot on the fourth hole.

A closing stretch on the front nine followed before McIlroy bounced back using his strength to make birdies on the 10th and 13th holes.

There was to be no repeat of his three woes on the 16th, McIlroy rolling in a 30-foot putt for the final birdie, putting him back in the round.

“Looking at the other 17 holes I played, I played really well again, hit some good iron shots and played no different than I played yesterday,” McIlroy said.

“I probably drilled a couple of putts yesterday, but things started to slow down, the wind picked up, the greens were tough.

Rory McIlroy was happy to finish the second round of the Dubai Invitational in the lead despite making a quadruple-bogey on the eighth hole.

“And a couple of mistakes on the eighth hole. I felt like I did well to come back and play solid golf on the approach.

“Everyone seems to be struggling more today than yesterday, so it’s good to go into the weekend and get ahead.”

The tournament features a 72-hole tournament played alongside a three-day team pro-am, uncut and professional-only event that plays on Sunday.

After opening with a 66, Fleetwood, who started round 10, had to be patient again after two bogeys meant he missed the chance.

Is there anyone who enjoys their job more than the person driving the cars at the Dubai Invitational today?

The Englishman built a solid lead with three birdies in his final six holes to get on the board and establish himself as McIlroy’s biggest challenger for the weekend.

England’s Jordan Smith is also in the group at -7, along with Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and South African duo Thriston Lawrence and Zander Lombard.

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