Desert king leaves field in the dust

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DUBAI: Spain’s Al­varo Quiros was up to his old desert tricks again yes­ter­day, fir­ing a course record-equalling 64 to storm four shots clear of the field af­ter the Dubai World Cham­pi­onship sec­ond round.

While Quiros’s eight-un­der­par ef­fort gave him a 12-un­der to­tal of 132, Luke Don­ald nar­rowed the deficit on fel­low Bri­ton Rory Mcil­roy in their two-horse race to fin­ish the sea­son as Euro­pean No 1.

World No 1 Don­ald fol­lowed his open­ing 72 with a fou­run­der 68 to close on 140, three be­hind Mcil­roy who dropped two strokes in the last two holes to re­turn a 71.

US PGA Tour money- list win­ner Don­ald needs to fin­ish equal ninth here with no more than one other com­peti­tor to be­come the first player to land the or­ders of merit on both sides of the At­lantic.

At the top of the leader­board is fun- lov­ing 1.90m Spa­niard Quiros, win­ner of this year’s Dubai Desert Clas­sic and the 2010 Qatar Masters.

He’s on track for a Mid­dle East tre­ble af­ter snatch­ing only the sec­ond ea­gle of the week at the par-five 18th.

Asked to ex­plain his pen­chant for low rounds in the Gulf, the long-hit­ting Spa­niard replied: “It’s sunny here and I like to play in the heat.”

Quiros, one of the long­est driv­ers in world golf, mus­cled his way onto the putting sur­face at the 620-yard 18th with two big blows be­fore sink­ing his ea­gle at­tempt.

“Rory and Luke are not the only two play­ers in the tour­na­ment,” added Quiros.

Swede Peter Han­son, the overnight leader, added a 72 to his open­ing round of 64 to take sec­ond place on 136, one ahead of Mcil­roy and his fel­low Bri­ton Robert Rock (69).

Mcil­roy looked tired and for­lorn af­ter fin­ish­ing his round in limp fash­ion.

The 22- year- old North­ern Ir­ish­man has been suf­fer­ing with a virus for a cou­ple of weeks and hinted he would pull out of next week’s Asian Tour event in Thai­land.

“To be hon­est I am ready for the sea­son to be done,” Mcil­roy told re­porters. “But it’s up to the doc­tor as well.

“If she feels like I can go then I’ll make a de­ci­sion whether I will or not,” he added re­fer­ring to his lat­est doc­tor’s ap­point­ment to­day.

Ear­lier in the day a mem­ber of Mcil­roy’s man­age­ment team told Reuters the US Open cham­pion was “ex­hausted”.

Af­ter his round the world No 2 opened up about the na­ture of his virus.

“They said it could have been Dengue fever which is ob­vi­ously car­ried by mos­qui­toes,” said Mcil­roy. – Reuters

Getty Im­ages

THINK TANK: Luke Don­ald of Eng­land and his cad­die John Mclaren dis­cuss mat­ters on the 18th hole dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Dubai World Cham­pi­onship yes­ter­day.

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