Rory McIlroy shot up the leaderboard at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Friday and sits tied for fourth as we head to the weekend.
Here's the top seven:
1. Craig Lee (-9)
1. Rafael Cabrera-Bello (-9)
3. Danny Willett (-8)
4. Rory McIlroy (-7)
4. Thomas Bjorn (-7)
4. Ricardo Gonzalez (-7)
Now let's look at the five biggest names playing this event.
Rory McIlroy (Round 2: 5 under, Tournament: 7 under, T4) -- McIlroy was pleased with his effort as he has a chance to start 2014 like he ended 2013, with a win.
"It is a good position to be in and I am excited. It is a great way to start the season, being in the mix with 36 holes to play."
Playing partner Phil Mickelson was impressed.
"The back nine was really impressive, a beautiful nine holes of golf."
Martin Kaymer (Round 2: 1 under, Tournament: 3 under, T22) -- Kaymer is now 85 under in 25 rounds in his career at this tournament. That's silly.
Phil Mickelson (Round 2: 2 under, Tournament: 1 under, T45) -- It took Lefty 21 holes (!) to make a birdie. As Ryan Ballengee pointed out, the birdie-free first round ended Mickelson's 126-round streak of birdies. Maybe Friday started a new one.
Sergio Garcia (Round 2: 4 under, Tournament: even par, T60) -- Garcia is still seething from being called a cheater on Thursday but he sneaked inside the cut line with a nice round of 68.
"Being related to that word is the most disgusting thing that can happen to any golfer. So it was a little disappointing."
Henrik Stenson (Round 2: 2 over, Tournament: 4 over, MC) -- It's been 469 days since world the world No. 3 missed a cut but he won't be playing the weekend in Abu Dhabi. A disappointing start to what promises to be a great season.