McIlroy, Donald share lead in Dubai

Nov 24, 2012, 03:21 IST | AFP

The world's top two ranked players Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald were involved in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the $8million DP World Tour Championship yesterday.

At the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates, world number one McIlroy and number-two ranked Donald were joined at 11-under par 133 by Scotland’s World No 189 Marc Warren.

World No 1 Rory McIlroy watches his shot during the second round of Dubai Open yesterday

McIlroy (67) was unable to take sole possession of the lead when he failed to make a birdie on the final hole, which was played from the forward tee and reachable in two, while Donald (68) joined him and Warren (67) on top with a textbook birdie on the par-5 hole.

The leading trio were one shot ahead of South African duo of World No 6 Louis Oosthuizen (67) and Branden Grace (65).

McIlroy, who complained of having a massive headache last night, said he felt all right on the golf course as he mixed six birdies with a solitary bogey on the fourth hole.

“I didn’t feel great last night, but I felt much better this morning and felt nearly 100 percent on the golf course,” said the 23-year-old. “I guess it’s just us Irish and the skin just not used to this sort of sun. That’s my excuse anyway.

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