Abu Dhabi Championship

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.

McIlroy second again as Kaymer collapses

McIlroy wonder-shot sets up blistering back nine

Rory McIlroy might have made a slow start to 2015 but after going out in level par with one birdie and one bogey on his card, the world No 1 was inspired by a back nine wonder-shot as he stormed home in 31 to match pal Rickie Fowler in the  Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

McIlroy wonder-shot sets up blistering back nine

McIlroy and Harrington poles apart in the desert

He stood patiently signing autographs for the waiting fans with shouts of "Rory, Rory," doubtless ringing in his ears. He smiled. He posed for photographs. 

McIlroy and Harrington poles apart in the desert

Second helpings for Donaldson as Harrington putts well

Jamie Donaldson claimed his second big title inside six months in Abu Dhabi. Picture by Getty ImagesNo-one had fewer putts than Pádraig Harrington but it was reigning Irish Open champion Jamie Donaldson who had the fewest strokes in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Harrington trails brilliant Rose by 10

World No 5 Justin Rose has a two shot lead in Abu Dhabi. Picture by Getty ImagesPádraig Harrington broke the 30-putt barrier for the third day in a row but found himself 10 shots adrift of Justin Rose with a round to go in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

McIlroy blames "the indian" not the arrows for desert flop

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 17th. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieOn the face of it, HSBC might not have been too thrilled to pay millions in appearance money to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy and then watch them miss the cut in spectacular fashion.

McIlroy struggles to 75 with new sticks

Rory McIlroy looks on anxiously as his ball sails well left in the opening round in Abu Dhabi. Picture Stuart Adams www.golftourimages.comRory McIlroy’s first competitive round as a Nike golfer turned out to be a bitter disapppointment for the marketing men as he struggled off the tee and on the greens and opened with a three over 75 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

McIlroy back to world No 2 as Rock wins Abu Dhabi

Winner Robert Rock with the trophy. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy regained the world No 2 ranking from Lee Westwood when he finished runner-up to surprise winner Robert Rock in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Maybin faultless as Rory pays for Abu Dhabi don't

Rory McIlroy had plenty of problems with sand in the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Picture Stuart Adams www.golftourimages.comGareth Maybin is a stroke off the lead in the $2.5m Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship - just seven weeks after struggling to keep his card in his last tournament appearance.

But his bogey-free 36 holes was still overshadowed by a two-stroke penalty for Rory McIlroy and positive performances for Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and former world No 1 Tiger Woods.

Rory all grown up - but still kid at heart

Rory McIlroy shows of his powerfully built forearms in Abu Dhabi. Picture by Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ieIt seems like only yesterday that Rory McIlroy was watching Tiger Woods play in Dubai, dashing around the grounds of the Emirates Club with pal Harry Diamond like a couple of schoolboys after the final class of summer term.

Major dress rehearsal for McIlroy and Woods

Rory McIlroy speaks to the media on the eve of the first round in Abu Dhabi. Picture Fran Caffrey/www.golffile.ieRory McIlroy will get a chance to see how his game stacks up against a fully fit Tiger Woods when he tees it up alongside the American and world No 1 Luke Donald in the first two rounds of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Harrington takes "harsh" punishment on the chin

Padraig Harrington’s “harsh” disqualification from the Abu Dhabi Championship could lead to a change in the rules of golf or another addition to the 600-page Decisions book.

No smiles as dimples cost Harrington disqualification in Abu Dhabi

Padraig Harrington’s dream start to the season turned into nightmare this morning when trial by television resulted in his disqualification from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship for a rules infringement in the first round.