Rory McIlroy shot a five-under 67 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to move into a tie for fourth at seven-under par. McIlory is two shots behind Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain and Craig Lee of Scotland, who both lead at nine-under par.
Rory went bogieless in his first round, but he was unable to convert birdie opportunities. He remedied that problem with seven birdies in his second round. The lone mistake came on the par-4 sixth hole where he made a double bogey.
Phil Mickelson followed up a poor start with a two-under 70 in the second round. Mickelson made five birdies and three bogies, and is currently tied for 43rd at one-under par. He has a new driver in the bag this week, and is figuring out how to manage his misses. I expect a good weekend from Phil as he gears up for the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego next week.
Henrik Stenson missed the cut after shooting an even-par 72. Stenson needed an under-par round after opening with a two-over 74.
Other notables in the field are: Miguel Angel Jimenez (T22), Colin Montgomerie (T22), Martin Kayner (T22), and Luke Donald (T43).
Link to leaderboard.