McIlroy and Bjorn lead the way as Kaymer gives chase after ace
February 10, 2012 -- Updated 1601 GMT (0001 HKT)
Rory McIlroy plays an approach shot on his way to a second round 65 in Dubai.
- Rory McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn lead Dubai Desert Classic at halfway stage
- Leaders on 13-under-par 131 at Emirates Golf Club
- Overnight leader Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain one shot back
- Martin Kaymer on 11-under scores hole in one on the 186-yard seventh hole
(CNN) -- World No.2 Rory McIlroy and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn shared the halfway lead at the Dubai Desert Classic after both shot second round 65s at the Emirates Golf Club Friday.
It left the former winners on 13-under-par 131, one clear of overnight leader Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain, who carded a 69.
World No.4 Martin Kaymer of Germany was in a three-strong group on 11-under, boosted by his first-ever hole in one.
His eight-iron tee shot to the 186-yard seventh found the cup on his way to a 67.
"Now I'm part of the hole in one family," he told the European Tour official website.
Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Frenchman Gregory Bourdy joined him on that mark, while World No.3 Lee Westwood moved up with a 65 for 10-under 134 to boost his challenge.
Now I'm part of the hole in one family
U.S. Open champion McIlroy, out early after his first round 66, was again in imperious form as he reached the turn in four-under 33, having started on the 10th.
Watched by his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, the Northern Ireland star also missed an eagle chance from under 10 feet at the 18th and a short birdie putt on the first.
But with seven birdies and no dropped shots he left himself well-placed to repeat his 2009 success in Dubai.
"I just kept picking up birdies along the way and it puts me in a great position," he said
"I feel a lot more confident than I did in Abu Dhabi. "
Bjorn, who held off Tiger Woods to win the Dubai title in 2001, also carded seven birdies and said he was not overawed by the presence of McIlroy, Westwood and Kaymer at the top of the leaderboard.
It's very easy to get impressed by the way they play the game, but you've got to go out and focus on your own game," he said.
Abu Dhabi winner Robert Rock followed his opening 73 with a five-under 67 to stand four-under with defending champion Alvaro Quiros, Colin Montgomerie and Tom Lewis.
Last weekend's Qatar Masters champion Paul Lawrie was a shot further back.
The cut fell at one-under with American John Daly surviving despite a quadruple bogey eight at the 12th on his way to a 72.
Four previous holders of the title -- Mark O'Meara, Fred Couples, David Howell and Miguel Angle Jimenez - also scrapped in for the weekend on that mark.
Today's five most popular stories
Part of complete coverage on
October 13, 2014 -- Updated 1449 GMT (2249 HKT)
There have been many dark days for Oliver Wilson, but golf's unluckiest loser is finally riding an upward swing of his career roller coaster.
October 7, 2014 -- Updated 1648 GMT (0048 HKT)
They dress like it's the 1930s and they swing antique equipment that eschews cutting-edge technology -- this is hickory golf.
September 15, 2014 -- Updated 1609 GMT (0009 HKT)
CNN's Living Golf focuses on women's golf, charting the growth of the sport from royal pastime to multi-million dollar machine.
October 1, 2014 -- Updated 0846 GMT (1646 HKT)
"I don't know how to paint happy," says golf's poster girl Michelle Wie. "I think it releases a lot of the darker feelings in me."
September 29, 2014 -- Updated 1213 GMT (2013 HKT)
If you're a U.S. golf fan, or Tom Watson, look away now.
September 25, 2014 -- Updated 2318 GMT (0718 HKT)
A ban on uploading social media pictures from the course at Gleneagles was dropped for the Ryder Cup.
September 24, 2014 -- Updated 1052 GMT (1852 HKT)
A spot of shopping, the odd spa day and some serious flag waving. Welcome to the life of a Ryder Cup WAG.
September 23, 2014 -- Updated 1301 GMT (2101 HKT)
Tom Watson has learned plenty in the 21 years since he was last U.S. Ryder Cup captain, but social media is proving to be problematic.
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 1243 GMT (2043 HKT)
Patriotism will reach fever pitch when the USA and Europe collide in golf's Ryder Cup ... and it looks like Rickie Fowler has let it go to his head.
September 22, 2014 -- Updated 1342 GMT (2142 HKT)
Pressure is inescapable in the cauldron of Ryder Cup competition -- pressure and ping pong.
September 23, 2014 -- Updated 1150 GMT (1950 HKT)
Millions of golf fans were watching on television with great anticipation. All Martin Kaymer could think about was getting his phone out.