McIlroy blows lead with double-bogey 18th

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Rory McIlroy has slipped a shot off the pace in the World Tour Championship after a costly double-bogey on the final hole in Dubai.

McIlroy held a two-shot lead following an opening 65 and was still one in front when he drove into a fairway bunker on the par-five 18th on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Friday.

After laying up into the fairway, McIlroy then compounded the error by firing at the pin and pulling his approach into the creek which runs the length of the hole.

The resulting double-bogey seven meant McIlroy had to settle for a second round of 70 and a halfway total of nine under par, a shot behind Ryder Cup team-mate Shane Lowry, England's Sam Horsfield and American John Catlin.

Australians Jason Scrivener, Lucas Herbert and Min-Woo Lee all shot 69. Scrivenr leads the trio on four under, six shots off the lead, with his compatriots both a shot behind.

A frustrated McIlroy told Sky Sports: "I hit that tee shot (on 18) really well. I actually didn't expect it to go as far as it did and get up into the face of the bunker.

"And then the third shot, I hit a really good shot. That part of the fairway where the ball was, was quite just sort of thatchy and came up spinny into the wind.

"I hit a good golf shot and felt like I didn't deserve to be in the water and it was a tricky up and down from there. It wasn't the greatest way to finish and I was just sort of holding it together most of the day.

"It would have been nice to finish off a bit better but (I'm) still right in the golf tournament."

Lowry and Catlin both shot 65, the lowest score of the day, with Lowry chipping in for an eagle on the 14th and also carding five birdies in a bogey-free round.

Open champion Collin Morikawa strengthened his grip on the Race to Dubai title with a second consecutive 68 to reach eight under par, two shots off the lead.

Morikawa would be the first American to win the money list title but said: "I've got to focus on the weekend. I want to win this tournament. That's all I care about.

"Winning this tournament is everything and all else will kind of settle itself."

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