Grateful Lawrie in contention: "You know who your friends are when the ‘you know what’ hits the fan!"

Grateful Lawrie in contention: "You know who your friends are when the ‘you know what’ hits the fan!"

Peter Lawrie is hanging on to his sanity by his fingernails after a nightmare run that's cost him his tour card and more than few grey hairs. But after making just his ninth cut from his last 43 starts thanks to a second round 68 in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, his first thought was to acknowledge the support he's had from his friends during what's been 18 months of golfing hell.

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McIlroy second again as Kaymer collapses

McIlroy second again as Kaymer collapses

Perhaps Rory McIlroy was hoping to take Martin Kaymer's eye off the ball when he said he was playing for second in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Whatever his feelings about his chances of overcoming an eight-shot deficit with resepct to the German, who was going for his fourth win in the event, his fourth runner up finish in Abu Dhabi in five years, not to mention his impressive form from tee to green, confirmed that he's going to be the man to beat once more in 2015.

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McIlroy tracking Kaymer thanks to Abu Dhabi ace

McIlroy tracking Kaymer thanks to Abu Dhabi ace

Even when he's not putting his best, Rory McIlroy finds a way. On Friday in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship he drove the ball brilliantly after an average first round and then made up for some less than deadly putting by notching the first official hole-in-one of his professional career.

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