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16:21  22 november  2019
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McIlroy looms large as Lorenzo-Vera leads in Dubai

  McIlroy looms large as Lorenzo-Vera leads in Dubai Jumeirah Golf Estates is a happy hunting ground for Rory McIlroy, who is in the mix again in Dubai.World number two McIlroy, a two-time champion at Jumeirah Golf Estates, closed Thursday's play one stroke behind Lorenzo-Vera.

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Tommy Fleetwood took control of the Race to Dubai as Mike Lorenzo-Vera set a record-equalling pace at the halfway stage of the DP World Tour Championship.

Lorenzo-Vera added a 69 to his opening 63 to open up a three-shot lead over Fleetwood and Jon Rahm on 12 under, matching the best 36-hole score at the event, but Rory McIlroy endured a difficult day around the Earth Course and slipped seven strokes behind the leader after an error-strewn 74.

Fleetwood being in a tie-for second took him top of the projected final Race to Dubai standings ahead of long-time leader Bernd Wiesberger, who kept a bogey off his card but made only one birdie and 17 pars in a 71 he described as "flat".

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But the big names are all looking upwards at Lorenzo-Vera, who continued to produce some outstanding golf despite suffering with a lung infection as he powered into a clear lead in pursuit of his maiden European Tour victory, although he did open the door for the chasing pack with a couple of late mistakes.

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The charismatic Frenchman showed no signs of being overwhelmed at partnering McIlroy in the final pairing of the day as he birdied the opening two holes, and he responded to a bogey at the fifth with back-to-back birdies at seven and eight to turn in 33 for the second day running.

The 34-year-old then cruised to 14 under when he birdied 13 and chipped in for another at 14, but he began to falter in the setting sun as he bogeyed the 15th and then three-putted to final green from 25 feet - leaving his tentative six-foot par putt short as his five-stroke lead was whittled down to three.

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Rory McIlroy slipped back to seven-over overall following a three-over 73, while Shane Lowry is another three back after shooting 75. PGA champion Justin Thomas (65) and Webb Simpson (66) were a stroke behind with Britain's Tommy Fleetwood (67) and American Jamie Lovemark (68)

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Fleetwood needs a minimum of a top-two finish to have any chance of pipping Wiesberger to the Race to Dubai crown, and the 2017 European No 1 kept his hopes alive as he mixed seven birdies with three bogeys in a 68 which lifted him six shots ahead of the Austrian.

a man wearing a hat: Rory McIlroy © Getty Rory McIlroy

Last week's Nedbank Challenge winner birdied the first before dropping shots at the third and fourth, but he got back on track with three birdies over the next four holes before following a steady run of pars with more gains at the 13th and 14th.

Fleetwood lipped out from six feet for par at the next, but he got the shot back at the last to close on nine under along with Ryder Cup team-mate Rahm, who was one over for the day until he birdied 14 and 16 before capping a battling 69 with a brilliant eagle at the last.

Tom Lewis is two shots further back heading into the weekend, while McIlroy was left to reflect on a series of mistakes, particularly at the par-threes, as he closed on six under which could have been worse had he not scrambled a par at the last after finding water off the tee.

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  Magnificent Rahm poised for Dubai double World number five Jon Rahm could land a huge payday in Dubai on Sunday, with two titles in his sights.Rahm started moving day in joint-second place with Tommy Fleetwood - also battling to be crowned European number one - and will begin his final round level with Mike Lorenzo-Vera on 15 under.

And with McIlroy bogeying the first and fifth in a nightmare opening, the pair were level on 10-under-par - and they had South African Charl Schwartzel alongside them So if anybody thought McIlroy was in an unassailable position when he teed off four clear of the field they were quickly made to think again.

McIlroy reached five under before failing to get up and down from a bunker at the 17th, but then saved par from off the final green for a fine 69. Four-time winner Woods, though, is eight behind and survived the cut with only two shots to spare after an error-ridden 75 - and he kicked his club away in disgust

The free-flowing form of his day-one 64 was only rarely evident as he parred the first five holes and then rinsed his tee-shot to the short sixth, a mistake which led to a double-bogey five.

Mike Lorenzo-Vera © Getty Mike Lorenzo-Vera

McIlroy hit back with his first birdie of the round at the next, but he had to dig deep to scramble a par at the ninth before he leaked another shot at the 10th and fluffed a chip after pulling his tee-shot into the left rough at the short 13th, where he did well to limit the damage to a bogey-four.

The world No 2 came within a whisker of chipping in for eagle at the next as he clawed one shot back, but his hopes of matching his spectacular first-round eagle at the 18th vanished when he blocked his drive into the creek on the right and, after drilling a towering fairway-wood onto the front of the green, he safely two-putted from 40 feet to stay at six under.

Justin Rose is eight off the lead after a mixed-bag of a 70 which featured only six pars, while pars were not a problem for Wiesberger as he carded 17 of them, his lone birdie coming at the 11th as he closed on three under par and in a tie for 13th place.

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