McIlroy’s 64 gives him lead in Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates ( – Rory McIlroy fired a
second-round, 8-under 64 on Friday and that vaulted him into the outright lead
heading into the weekend at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

McIlroy, who earned his first professional victory here back in 2009, finished
36 holes at 14-under-par 130 and he leads Marc Warren by one stroke. The No. 1
player in the world has nine career victories on the European Tour, including
four last year, two of which were major championship wins at the British Open
and PGA Championship.

Warren also used a big day on Friday to move into sole possession of second
place. Warren carded a 7-under 65 on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club
and he is right behind McIlroy at 13-under. Graeme McDowell (65) and Seve
Benson (66) are one shot further back at 12-under.

First-round leader Bernd Wiesberger shot a 3-under 69 in his second round and
he is now tied for fifth with two-time defending champion Stephen Gallacher
(67), Danny Willett (66), Lee Westwood (68) and Andy Sullivan (68).