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Watch: Rory McIlroy In The Mix At Season-Ending Dubai Showpiece

Rory McIlroy’s suggestion that he may leave off the European Tour next season caused much debate, but he’s certainly making his mark in its flagship event.

The Holywood man has won the DP World Tour Championship twice, in 2012 and 2015, and is primed to do so for a third time after a second round 67, but it takes place amid a backdrop of shock among the European Tour contingent, including the likes of Paul McGinley in light of the possibility of missing the next Irish Open.

Nonetheless, his effort to triumph in Dubai for a third time is a strong one.

After an opening round of 69, McIlroy was three under at the turn at the Jumeirah Golf Estates course on Friday. The pick of those birdies was his approach to the par three sixth, which was no more than two feet from the hole once it landed.

This well-worked approach at the ninth also yielded a birdie.

Three more would follow on the back nine, and coupled with two dropped shots, were enough for a -5 round, giving him a -8 total good enough for tied-6th.

Given his middling finish last week, he cannot win the Race to Dubai even if he prevails this week, but another man on -8, Tommy Fleetwood, can still do so, but only at the expense of Race leader and close friend Francesco Molinari, who currently resides at -3 alongside Wicklow’s Paul Dunne, whose fine 69 today contained just the one bogey.

Shane Lowry is a shot further back at -2, with the tournament lead currently held by Matt Wallace, a three-time winner on tour this season.

Danny Willett’s resurgence continues as he leads the charge in second, while American Patrick Reed is also in contention.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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