McIlroy hits initial pro hole-in-one to tighten on Kaymer

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ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy sunk his initial veteran hole-in-one in a Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship second spin on Friday as a four-times vital personality mounted another late swell to tighten within dual strokes of personality Martyn Kaymer.

The German, teeing off early, shot a flawless 67 for an total 13-under measure of 131, pier a vigour on McIlroy who arrived on a initial tee underneath a peppery midday sun.

The Northern Irishman, starting on 5 under, seemed unperturbed, creation birdies on a initial dual holes, though a 25-year-old bogeyed a sixth to trip 7 strokes behind Kaymer.

McIlroy sunk serve birdies during 10 and 11 before blank elementary putts to collect adult serve shots on a subsequent dual holes.

The universe series one’s fitness was to spin on a par-three 15th, however, as he lofted a nine-iron tee shot 177 yards into a hole.

“It unequivocally done adult for a dual prior holes,” McIlroy told reporters. “It was true downwind. The 12th hole was personification arrange of similar, we strike a 9 iron there and pitched 194 so we knew it was a flattering good number.

“I had been personification well, though had not been putting so good, so that took a dabble out of it.”

McIlroy fluffed a 12-foot birdie possibility on 16 by inches, holding his face in frustration.

He found silt on his final dual tee shots, though recovered to penetrate a 15-foot birdie on a final green, knocking fists with long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald in celebration, his 66 giving him an total measure of 133.

The late swell was identical to his first-round 67 when he done 5 birdies in a final 7 holes.

“I went to a operation yesterday and worked on a integrate of things and we gathering a round most improved today, that we need to around here,” McIlroy said.

“I played unequivocally good from tee to green. we was attack some good putts that only weren’t dropping.”

He is dual shots adrift of Kaymer, a three-times Abu Dhabi winner, and one bashful of Belgian Thomas Pieters.

“Martin has got a unusual record around here and we couldn’t consider of a improved approach to start a deteriorate than to exam yourself opposite one of a best players in a world,” combined McIlroy.

World series dual Henrik Stenson suffered a indignity of blank a cut, a second-round 68 lifting him to standard for a contest following a catastrophic initial day.

“There was a lot that indispensable to work out there currently to try and make it,” Stenson told reporters. “I strike a round most better, done a integrate of putts, my brief diversion was a small crook than yesterday.”

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

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