Rafa Cabrera-Bello has the 36 hole lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club.
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Rafa had another -5 under par 67 today to take the lead in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at -10 under par, and has a one shot lead going into the weekend.
The 2012 Champion tied for second place at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters last week, and said he is in good form, especially in the putting department;
“My game really is very good at the moment, I’m confident I’m doing all parts of the game well.”
“Today it was just a couple sloppy swings that maybe affected my confidence a little bit, but I know the game is really sharp.”
“I’m just enjoying golf at the moment. I worked hard over the break and I’m happy to be here competing again and ready.”
“Having won here before is a bonus. If it gets to the point of the last few holes on Sunday that I have a chance to win, I know I’ve done it before, so I can do it again, especially here.”
“I’ve always loved these greens. I’ve putted really well here before, especially 2012.”
“So I’m putting well, I putted really well today. I putted really well yesterday, even though I hardly holed anything yesterday, but still putted well. And today, they wanted to drop.”
Sharing second place at -9 under par is three-time champion Ernie Els with Danny Willett and Trevor Fisher Jnr.
Danny recorded brilliant bogey free second round -7 under par 65, which really rocketed him up the leaderboard.
At -8 under are Joost Luiten, Thorbjørn Olesen, Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood who are all proven winners.
Rory McIlroy had a very quiet day, but avoided total disaster posting a second round of even par 72, and had to make three birdies on the last three holes to achieve that score.
At -4 under for the tournament he is now six shots off the pace at the half-way sage, with a lot of work to do if he is going to make a challenge for the title.
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