Rory's hole-in-one heroics

Updated 1721 GMT (0121 HKT) January 21, 2015
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Rory McIlroy celebrates his first hole-in-one in a professional event on the way to a 66 for 11-under-par at halfway in the Abu Dhabi Championship. 'I knew as soon as it left the club it had a chance," he said after his perfect nine-iron shot to the 177-yard 15th. Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
McIlroy celebrates his ace with playing partner Rickie Fowler in the background. Fowler fell away to a second round 75 to be right on the cut line at two-under-par. Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Three-time winner Martin Kaymer of Germany leads at halfway on 13-under-par after a second round 67 in Abu Dhabi. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
Thomas Pieters of Belgium continued his fine performances to sandwich Kaymer and McIlroy at 12-under-par after two rounds. Andrew Redington/Getty Images
World number one McIlroy opened his 2015 campaign at the European Tour event in Abu Dhabi and was on the practice ground early ahead of his first round. Francois Nel/Getty Images
First round leader Kaymer plays his approach shot to the ninth on the way to his eight-under-par 64 Scott Halleran/Getty Images
Pieters was the early pacesetter in the first round of the tournament in Abu Dhabi with a seven-under 65 before Kaymer knocked him off the top late in the day.
McIlroy practices under the watchful eyes of his connections ahead of his opening round of the year in Abu Dhabi. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
McIlroy shakes hands with his great rival Fowler of the United States at the end of a first round in which they both shot five-under 67 but trailed Kaymer by three shots. Matthew Lewis/Getty Images
England's Tom Lewis was handsomely rewarded for his hole-in-one at the seventh on the first round in Abu Dhabi. Later in the day, Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez aced the 15th. Andrew Redington/Getty Images