Rory McIlroy is just four shots off the lead following a second round 66 at the Dubai Desert Classic.
McIlroy is best of the Irish at halfway, on 7-under par.
Justin Harding of South Africa leads on 11-under.
Padraig Harrington remains 4-under par, following another round of 70.
While Shane Lowry’s 74 saw him drop back to 1-over.