Donaldson delights in Dubai as McIlroy maintains fine form

Laura Christensen
January 28, 2018

Paul Dunne dropped two shots after scoring a two over-par 74 on day two of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, with the second round proving to be a hard one for the Irishman.

Chinese 22-year-old drives off at the 14th on the Majlis Course in the third round of the $3 million event.

All eyes, though, will be on McIlroy in the final round and he looks ready to pounce.

The Pinner-based professional was in good shape at five-under for the day through 10 holes when play was stopped for the day, but after making a par, par start following the resumption of his round he was to drop his only shot with a four at the par three fourth. I thought if I just stayed patient, I'll play good.

Last week's champion in Abu Dhabi and reigning European number one Tommy Fleetwood made 69 while world No10 Henrik Stenson submitted a card of 70 after a late double bogey.

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"I feel like if I play my game I'll be able to shoot something a bit lower tomorrow, and I think I'll need to shoot something lower to be able to win. This is a place I've always done well at hopefully that experience of winning a couple of times around here and being in contention quite a lot will help". "If anything, I could have driven it a little straighter on the last day and given myself some more shots from the fairways to attack some pins, but really happy with how everything went and looking forward to getting back out there this week". I wouldn't say I hit it incredible. But I've got used to it.

Welshman Donaldson nearly lost his European Tour card last season, before a fourth-placed finish at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters spared him that misfortune.

On another low-scoring day, Alex Levy of France made a hole-in-one in a round of 65, a score which was matched by playing partner Haydn Porteous of South Africa.

Turkish Airlines flies 5 times a week from Edinburgh to Dubai via Istanbul starting from £350 including taxes and golf clubs fly for free in addition to a 40kg baggage allowance as standard (50kg in business).

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