McIlroy stays 2 clear in Dubai

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Updated: January 31, 2014

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Rory McIlroy fired a 2 under to hold onto the lead by a shot after round 2 of the Dubai Desert Classic. McIlroy, who led by two after round one, finished 36 holes at 11-under.

American Brooks Koepka fired a 7-under 65 moving into second place at minus-10.

Danny Willett also posted a 65 and moved into a share of third place at 8- under 136. He stands alongside Damien McGrane and Julien Quesne, who both carded 2-under 70s on Friday.

Defending champion Stephen Gallacher scrambled to a 1-under 71. He was joined in sixth at minus-7 by Henrik Stenson (67), Robert Rock (70), Thongchai Jaidee (69), Edoardo Molinari (72), Justin Walters (68) and Jamie Donaldson (68).

World No. 1 Tiger Woods mixed three bogeys and two birdies in a round of 1- over 73. He is tied for 44th at 3-under-par 141.