He began three behind, quickly surged two clear and eventually finished a stroke adrift. At the end of it all – and there was a lot to take in elsewhere - Rory McIlroy was right back to where he started as the player to beat in this utterly absorbing Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Is the scoring at the 29th Omega Dubai Desert Classic actually real?
Five birdies in his seven second round makeup holes early Saturday morning has seen Rory McIlroy surge into the halfway lead at the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic.
Jamie Donaldson went to bed with the lead in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic but Rory McIlroy will wake early poised to relieve the Welshman of pole position.
Jamie Donaldson flirted with 59, frittered away his chance at the course record, finished with a 62 and at the end of it all felt, well, just fine.
It looked effortless and really was, the easiest 65 you’re ever likely to see. There were even references to Seve and yet Rory, somehow, wasn’t the main story.
David Horsey might have missed the cut in Abu Dhabi last week but he wasn’t about to waste the unwanted weekend off.
Former Ryder Cup hero celebrates keeping his European Tour card by falling into a pool with his clothes on
Jamie Donaldson’s nerve-wracking week ended with the former Ryder Cup hero barely keeping his European Tour card.