Fog delay halts Rory McIlroy’s charge for third Dubai Desert Classic win

first_imgReuse this content Share on Facebook Read more “I took a couple months off and didn’t really hit a ball,” Donaldson said. “We play golf, so much golf, all year. I’ve got two young kids; it was time to have some family time with them for a couple of months and it was great. Come out for the season nice and fresh and you’re reacting more to what you’ve turned up with, as opposed to slogging yourself to death over the winter.”Donaldson leads Haotong Li – who has posted successive rounds of 66 – by one. Branden Grace is a stroke further back. Leaderboard surprise has been provided by Miguel Ángel Jiménez, who at 54 years old is now more accustomed to competing for senior trophies than at mainstream events such as this. The Spaniard sits at 10 under after a second round of 68. He even double-bogeyed the par‑three 7th.“I won here in 2010, this is a golf course where I feel like I can defend myself with my game and here we are,” Jiménez said. “I still like to play with the young boys.”And Jiménez’s post-round plans? “I’m going to finish my cigar, have a small nap and I’m going to have a beautiful bottle of wine tonight.” It felt like a fully deserved scenario. Rory McIlroy For a Friday spell, it looked as if only the weather might halt Rory McIlroy’s charge towards another Dubai Desert Classic win. Instead, the 8th hole was to provide an end to the Northern Irishman’s bogey-free run in this event.McIlroy must return early on Saturday to complete the final seven holes of his second round, owing to a three‑hour fog delay here on Friday. He will resume at 10 under par, only three from the lead, and still very much the man to watch.“I don’t mind,” McIlroy said of his situation. “It will probably be a good test for me to play 25 holes tomorrow and see how the body responds to it. Maybe I can get a bit of early momentum going and keep it going into the third round.”Jamie Donaldson was content not only to remain at the head of affairs but complete his second round, thereby allowing a Saturday morning lie-in. Donaldson, who had opened with a stunning 62, moved to 13 under courtesy of a 69. The Welshman is, for now, proving less is more after a Christmas break far removed from the golf scene. Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Golf European Tourcenter_img Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest news Share on Messenger Rusty Tiger Woods shoots even-par 72 in PGA tour comeback Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Share on Twitterlast_img

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