Els surges at Dubai, McIlroy struggles

(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Ernie Els surged into contention Friday at the Dubai Desert Classic, while Rory McIlroy struggled just to make the cut.

The 46-year-old Els, who has dropped to 205th in the world after struggling with yips over the past year, shot a 5-under 67 to move to within one shot of the lead at the halfway stage of a tournament he has won three times.

Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello, winner here in 2012, shot his second consecutive 67 to grab a one-stroke lead heading into the weekend.

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Rank Player Earnings
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2 B.Grace €779,332
3 C.Wood €407,069
4 C.Schwartzel €388,168
5 T.Pieters €282,050
6 D.Willett €262,524
7 V.Dubuisson €254,536
8 N.Holman €241,501
9 B.An €236,133
10 R.Cabrera-Bello €235,661
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