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McIlroy and Bjørn on Fire
In my article Low Scores in Dubai: A Fan's Take, I talked about the opening round of play in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. This course has been in great condition and the stars have been shinning brightly through the first two rounds of play. At the end of Thursday, Rafael Cabrera-Bello was alone in first place at -9. However, Rory McIlroy and Thomas Bjørn were the story of the day on Friday putting on two equally stellar performances for the spectators as the action continued during the second round of play.
Rory is the current third ranked golfer in the world. The young man from Northern Ireland already has a major victory under his belt and has six years of experience at just 22 years of age. He is not afraid of the spotlight. Throughout this tournament in Dubai, Rory has made only one bogey at hole seven on Thursday. His second round play was amazing and he shot -7 including three birdies on the front nine and four on the back.
Thomas is showing that he still has fight in him. The seasoned man from Denmark demonstrated that older players can still compete with the recent influx of young players on both the PGA and European Tours. Thomas has had only two bogeys during the entire tournament, both coming in the opening round of play. However, he has a tough stretch ahead facing Rory who has been red hot in recent years. Look for him to put up a fight during the weekend.
Martin Kaymer is showing why he is the current fourth ranked player in the world. This young German golfer has a major victory. He is close behind the two leaders at -11. Kaymer made a hole in one on the seventh hole during the second round. Four birdies and one bogey made for a solid round of -5.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello was not able to repeat the magic he had during his first round. He shot -3 on Thursday, but is still in the competition, just one shot back. I do not expect Rafael to be a factor for the rest of the tournament. Unfortunately for the Spaniard, the competition at this point is just too great.
I am an avid golf fan. I enjoy playing recreational on local courses and watching the PGA Tour. I also like keeping up to date with all the new faces to the game.
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