Rory McIlroy keeps two-shot lead in Dubai Invitational despite quadruple bogey

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The world number two, who found water twice on the par-three eighth, is ahead of Germany’s Yannik Paul and Denmark’s Jeff Winther.
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January 12, 2024
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Rory McIlroy maintained his two-shot lead in the Dubai Invitational after battling back from a shock quadruple bogey in round two.

McIlroy had looked in imperious form as he carded an opening 62 and extended his overnight advantage to four shots on Friday with birdies on the third and fourth at Dubai Creek.

However, the world number two then found water off the tee on the par-three eighth and, after moving forward to the drop zone, amazingly hit another ball into the hazard from just 130 yards.

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy plays his second shot on the first hole during the second round of the Dubai Invitational (Kamran Jebreili/AP)

Three birdies on the back nine saw McIlroy sign for a 70 and halfway total of 10 under par, two shots ahead of Germany’s Yannik Paul and Denmark’s Jeff Winther, whose 66 was the joint lowest round of the day in testing, windy conditions.

“I think if I look at the other 17 holes that I played, I played very, very well again. Hit some good iron shots,” McIlroy told Sky Sports.

“Played not too dissimilar to the way I played yesterday. I maybe holed a couple more putts yesterday but the conditions were getting a little trickier. Wind was up, greens were firm and a couple miscues on the eighth hole.

“I felt like I did well just to get my head back into it and play some solid golf on the way in, and everyone seemed to find it a little more difficult today than yesterday. So it’s nice to go into the weekend still with the lead.

“I had a chance to bounce back on nine that I missed but [the birdie on] 10 was big. The two shots into 13 were big too to make two relatively easy birdies.

“I gave myself chances most of the back nine, which was nice, and I was able to convert a couple before that tough finishing stretch there on 17 and 18.

Dubai resident Tommy Fleetwood added a 69 to his opening 66 to share fourth place on seven under par with compatriot Jordan Smith, Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and the South African duo of Thriston Lawrence and Zander Lombard.

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WINTHER, Jeff-86866
4OLESEN, Thorbjørn-76669
FLEETWOOD, Tommy-76669
SMITH, Jordan-76867
LAWRENCE, Thriston-76570
LOMBARD, Zander-76768
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FERGUSON, Ewen-56968
OTAEGUI, Adrian-56770
MERONK, Adrian-57067
CROCKER, Sean-56770
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HØJGAARD, Nicolai-46771
LI, Haotong-46870
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GUERRIER, Julien-36970
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CAMPILLO, Jorge-27070
MIGLIOZZI, Guido-27070
BJØRN, Thomas-27169
FOX, Ryan-27070
KIEFFER, Maximilian-27070
LANGASQUE, Romain-27169
BRADBURY, Dan-27169
ROZNER, Antoine-26872
29DONALD, Luke-17170
HILLIER, Daniel-17269
FORREST, Grant-17368
SOUTHGATE, Matthew-17071
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SHINKWIN, CallumPar6973
DU PLESSIS, HenniePar7072
SAMOOJA, KallePar7072
LARRAZÁBAL, PabloPar7072
38ELVIRA, Nacho+16974
HILL, Calum+17172
KIMSEY, Nathan+17172
LONG, Hurly+17370
SIEM, Marcel+17370
STRYDOM, Ockie+17172
CLEMENTS, Todd+17271
45WILSON, Oliver+27470
46ARMITAGE, Marcus+37273
ARNAUS, Adri+37273
48BACHEM, Nick+47373
WHITNELL, Dale+47373
RAMSAY, Richie+47274
51WU, Ashun+57473
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus+57473
53SYME, Connor+67474
BALDWIN, Matthew+67078
FORSSTRÖM, Simon+67573
56BROWN, Daniel+77079
BRUN, Julien+77574
58GAVINS, Daniel+87773
59DANTORP, Jens+107676
60WEYAND, Ken+278782
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Dubai Invitational 2024

Date: January 11th - 14th 2024

Location: Dubai Creek Resort, Dubai, UAE

Purse: $2,500,000

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