DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot a 30 on the back nine Thursday at the Dubai World Championship to take an early lead on top-ranked Luke Donald for the European money title.
The 22-year-old Northern Irishman had six birdies on the back nine to finish at 6-under 66, two strokes behind leader Peter Hanson. Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie (65) was a shot behind the Swede in second. Sergio Garcia had a 67.
Donald (72) had four birdies on the front nine but struggled on the back where he had three bogeys in a row. The 34-year-old Englishman finished in a tie for 26th.
McIlroy, who is second in the money standings, must win the tournament and hope Donald finishes outside the top nine.