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McIlroy, Bjorn share lead

2012-02-10 16:31

Dubai - U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn head into the weekend with a share of the lead at the Dubai Desert Classic.

McIlroy, three shots behind after the first round, sunk seven birdies on Friday, including a chip-in on No. 8, to overtake first round leader Rafael Cabrera-Bello with a 13-under total of 131.

Bjorn, who beat Tiger Woods here in 2001 for the title, ran off five birdies on the back nine for a 7-under 65 to tie with McIlroy.

Cabrera-Bello (69) is a shot back of McIlroy and Bjorn at 12-under.

Fourth-ranked Martin Kaymer (67) made a hole-in-one on 16 to draw within two shots of the leaders while third-ranked Lee Westwood (65) birdied his last three holes to reach 10-under.

AP