Published Friday, 23 November 2012
Rory McIlroy tees off at World Tour Championship in Dubai. (© Getty)
He is joined there by Scot, Marc Warren, and world number two, Luke Donald.
It was not an easy day for Rory in more ways than one. He has overcome what he thinks was a touch of sunstroke to shoot a second round 67.
"I got off the course yesterday and had a really sore head and a fever," said McIlroy.
"I think it was a bit of sunstroke.
"I took a few things and felt better, but I'm not feeling great again. The sun's taking it out of me a bit."
The world number one birdied two of the first three, but came up short of the green at the 245-yard fourth and bogeyed.
It was his only dropped stroke, however, and further birdies came at the seventh, 10th, 14th - he lipped out for eagle there - and 15th.
Overnight leader Donald had a 68, while playing partner Warren - 189th in the world - matched the Holywood man's round.
Donald was just one behind McIlroy and Warren playing the par-five 18th, but pitched to within 18 inches of the hole for a fourth birdie of the round and has yet to record a bogey in the tournament.
It was a mixed day for our other local golfers.
Portrush man, Graeme McDowell, didn't have the best of rounds and is struggling on 1 over. But Belfast's Michael Hoey fared slightly better and is 3 under going into the weekend.
Hoey's round was erratic to say the least. He scored two birdies and a bogey on the front nine, before two eagles and a double bogey on the final holes.