Saturday 16 February 2019

McIlroy in Desert mix as Donaldson leads


Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Two-time winner Rory McIlroy was well-placed in the chasing pack as Britain's Jamie Donaldson carded a three-under-par 69 to maintain a one-shot advantage on a fog-delayed day two of the Dubai Desert Classic yesterday.

Donaldson, who fired a blistering 62 in the opening round, did not hit those heights again at Emirates Golf Club but did enough to set the clubhouse target at 13-under heading into the weekend.

The afternoon starters were unable to complete their second rounds before play was halted for darkness at 1345 GMT, with McIlroy three off the lead with seven holes still to play.

Paul Dunne hit a modest 74 to reach the clubhouse on four-under alongside Graeme McDowell, who claimed a second-round 68.

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