Star Watch: Rory McIlroy is rolling in Abu Dhabi

Rory McIlroy shot a 67 on Friday in Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy shot a 67 on Friday in Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)

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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) 

And here's a look at the full leaderboard.

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.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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