Quiros fires 64 to take the lead in Dubai as Donald Surges

Alvaro Quiros carded six birdies in round two of the Dubai World Championship, finishing his round off in style with an eagle on the par-five 18th en route to his eight-under, 64 to take the lead by four at 12-under.

With that score, the long hitting Spaniard tied the course record at Jumeirah Estates as well as setting the 36-hole scoring record after two rounds with a total of 12-under par.

First round leader Peter Hanson did not have the round he was hoping for to back up his eight-under 64 yesterday.

Four birdies were off set by four bogeys to card an even par round to remain at eight-under overall, now four behind the lead of Quiros.

Of course, everyone again had eyes on the 'Duel in Dubai' between Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald.

McIlroy landed the first blow in round one, after carding a six-under, 66 to start the event in third place as Donald never got anything going and finished at even par.

Round two; however, saw the tides turn for both players.

World No. 1 Donald finished off round two with three straight birdies on his way to a four-under, 68.

That score was good enough to move him up the leader board into a tie for twelfth.

"It would be foolish of me to rely on him (McIlroy) not winning." Donald said after his round.

"I know what's at stake and it's a big deal to me. I was frustrated out there. I tried to stay patient, but it's tough."

"I want to finish off what I came here to do and those last three brought a smile to my face. There's certainly a lot of pressure. I'm still making a few mistakes - maybe because of what's at stake. When there's a lot on the line you feel more nervous, but sometimes it's a good thing."

McIlory on the other hand, trying to stop Donald from winning the European Tour money title, ended his second round with back-to-back bogeys to finish his day at one-under, 71.

Though many eyes are locked on the 'duel' between Donald and McIlroy, Quiros was the man of the hour in round two in Dubai.

His round began with three birdies on the front nine to go out in 33. Then adding three more birdies on the back nine and of course, the dramatic eagle on the finishing hole to card his impressive 64 to climb to the lead by four.

After his record setting round, Quiros had some things to say, not only about his round, but the tournament as well.

"Obviously they are fighting for The Race to Dubai final top position, but we are playing here to try and ruin the party."

"They are not the only important people in the golf tournament."

He certainly drove his point home in round two. Everyone is now chasing Quiros, as he leads by four.

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