Rory McIlroy shoots a seven-under-par 65, that could have been a 61, ti tie the lead at the Dubai Classic. Lee Westwood and Thomas Bjorn also had rounds of 65 and Martin Kaymer dunked his first-ever hole-in-one from 180 yards with an 8-iron Martin won an Omega watch worth $20,000 for his perfect strike. His Rolex sponsor was no doubt delighted. He is now two shots behind McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn who are at 13 under for the tournament. While Lee Westwood is lurking at 10 under and Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello is at 12 under. Rory said of his round:
“I definitely think it could have been better than 65.I don’t want to say easy but it was as simple a 65 as you’re going to shoot. I was never really under any pressure early in the round. This was very stress-free golf. I feel like you should shoot in the mid-60s and the way I’m playing this week, if I didn’t shoot anything like that around here, I would be pretty disappointed. ”
He was cheered on by his father and also girlfriend , Caroline Wozniacki.
Questioned about the Masters, Rory commented;
“You start to think about shots you will need, it would be nice to knock off a couple of wins before going to Augusta.”
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Robert Rock, who is at four under for the tournament was asked; who is better, Woods or McIlroy, his reply;
“Ah, you can’t ask me that, that’s not fair. I am sure we are going to see some interesting battles between the two this year. Both are just brilliant in every department. Rory was fantastic. From the ninth onwards on Thursday he played perfect golf. I feel lucky to have been up close to watch it. The way he played the 18th both days was really impressive. You can’t do much better than hit a long draw off the tee and a high iron to 10 feet. Makes the game look simple, especially off the tee. He is probably the best driver of a ball I’ve seen. He made my 67 look average.”