McIlroy retains Dubai lead, Woods toils
By Matt Smith
DUBAI (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy remained on course to end a 14-month European Tour title drought after shooting a second-round 70 to lead the $2.5 million Dubai Desert Classic on Friday as world number one Tiger Woods toiled.
McIlroy reached the halfway stage 11 under at 133 having done most of the hard work with a first-round 63.
He is one shot ahead of the United States' Brooks Koepka, who followed his opening 69 with a 65.
"Hopefully that's my bad round out of the way and I can shoot a couple of better ones over the weekend," McIlroy told reporters.
"It looked for a while like I could build a three-four shot lead.
"The wind was up and I didn't feel as comfortable as I did yesterday. The wind is supposed to get up in the next couple of days as well - I don't mind because I feel I'm hitting the ball well enough and wind usually makes it a bit more of a ball striking contest."
Scoring on Friday proved tougher for most players as Thursday's lush greens dried out under the unforgiving Gulf sun.
Woods was among those to suffer, the 14-times major winner finding the fairway on only four occasions. Continued...