Justin Harding builds two-shot lead heading into weekend at Slync.io Dubai


After the first round was suspended due to darkness, Justin Harding returned Friday morning to play the par-5 18th hole last. He would birdie and finish the first round tied for the 18-hole lead. The South African will build on that throughout his Friday round.

Harding signed for four birdies, two bogeys and a 183-yard eagle on the sixth for a 68-under 4-under second day.

“I rolled the ball pretty well and for the most part kept the bogeys off the map. Hit the fairway on the longer, more difficult par fours,” he said of his second-round effort. “At the end of the day, just grinding. It was a tough day today, to be fair, just a bonus there out of six.

Harding has been in contention at this event for the past few seasons and is hoping to capitalize on his good play so far.

Tyrrell Hatton reacts after firing his third shot on the 14th hole during the second round of the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic of the DP World Tour at Emirates Golf Club on January 28, 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images)

Tyrrell Hatton charged the leaderboard with a 6-under 66 second round. The Englishman, after opening with a bogey, drew four straight circles on the board at numbers 2-5. He would add three more birdies on his back nine and is now sitting two back in solo second.

“I didn’t get off to a great start with a bogey on the first hole, but I fought from there and played a lot of good golf today and hopefully that can continue over the weekend. end,” Hatton said of his day. “I gave myself a lot of opportunities most of the day and I was lovely. I made a few good normal putts when I needed it and the momentum was on my side today.

After an up-and-down first round, Rory McIlroy fired a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Friday highlighted by a chip-in eagle on the 13th.

“I certainly hit the ball as well as I have in a long time and it could have been a little better, but 66 this afternoon is a good score and sets me up for a good weekend,” said the Northern Irishman about his day.

McIlroy has won this event twice and is in prime jockey position for a third.

Other notable names and where they are located:

Viktor Hovland (T-5, 7 under)
Tommy Fleetwood (T-10, 6 under)
Sergio Garcia (T-25, 3 under)
Collin Morikawa (T-25, 3 under)
Adam Scott (T-25, 3 under)