Tracker: McIlroy leads Koepka by one; Tiger fires 73

Tiger Woods in action during the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Tiger Woods in action during the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

It wasn't as pretty as Thursday, but Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will be sticking around for the weekend.

And McIlroy will do so atop the leaderboard, using a birdie on his final hole to take a one-shot lead over Brooks Koepka. McIlroy fired a 2-under 70 to finish at 11 under through 36 holes.

Woods was out of sorts all day, failing to make a putt over 10 feet in firing a 1-over 73 to sit at 3 under entering the third round.

See how it all unfolded on Friday in Dubai:

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No. 18: Par 5, 564 yards

Tiger and McIlroy have not exactly lit it up today with only five birdies between them.

Off the tee: Tiger hits a nice tee ball that bounces through the fairway and just trickles into the first cut of rough. McIlroy pushes his tee shot to the right and into the long rough.

Second shot: McIlroy can't get after the green, so he lays up into the fairway. Tiger has 216 yards to carry the water and uses 5-wood to clear it and find a greenside bunker on the back of the green.

Approach shot: McIlroy plays a brilliant wedge to about 5 feet right of the hole.

Around the green: Tiger doesn't like his bunker shot immediately, as it runs out to about 15 feet left of the hole.

On the green: Tiger misses his birdie attempt and settles for a par and an over-par round. McIlroy does make his birdie putt to retake the outright lead.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 2 under (11 under); Tiger, 1 over (3 under)

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No. 17: Par 4, 359 yards

Tiger has a couple of scoring holes coming in and could use a pair of birdies to get in the red for the day.

Off the tee: Tiger goes after the green with driver and it heads a bit left, finding desert about 90 feet left of the putting surface. McIlroy's tee ball actually goes over the green and finds the rough.

Around the green: Tiger tries to hit his second shot like a bunker shot, but doesn't get it to the green. And either does McIlroy. McIlroy's second shot from the rough nearly drops, setting up an easy par. Tiger's second shot from the rough settles 3 feet past the hole.

On the green: Tiger nails the par putt and heads the par-5 finale.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 under (10 under); Tiger, 1 over (3 under)

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No. 16: Par 4, 425 yards

Tiger was able to get away with scrambling on Thursday, but it caught up to him today.

Off the tee: Tiger's tee ball sails right and into the desert, as does McIlroy's.

Approach shot: McIlroy has to hit out sideways and back into the fairway, while Tiger is able to get to the green and settles on the back, just onto the fringe.

Third shot: McIlroy hits a nice shot to about 10 feet under the hole, which he'll have for par.

On the green: Tiger's birdie attempt again comes up short, leaving him 6 feet for par. He does sneak this one in on the left edge. Meanwhile, McIlroy doesn't take much time in hitting his par putt, which he misses on the low side to drop another shot and he's now tied for the lead.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 under (10 under); Tiger, 1 over (3 under)

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No. 15: Par 3, 190 yards

Tiger's rough round has come down to putting, as he has 26 putts on the day with four holes remaining.

Off the tee: Tiger seems out of sorts right now, leaving this tee ball short of the green. McIlroy flies over the flag and will have 15 feet for birdie.

Around the green: Tiger finds the perfect line on his putt from off the green, but needed another foot and settles for par.

On the green: McIlroy narrowly misses his birdie putt and remains one ahead of Brooks Koepka.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 2 under (11 under); Tiger, 1 over (3 under)

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No. 14: Par 4, 434 yards

Despite failing to birdie another par 5, Tiger picks up a stroke on McIlroy after the latter was a bit lackadaisical on his 3-foot miss for par on 13.

Off the tee: Tiger ropes a fairway metal down the middle of the fairway, while McIlroy does the same.

Approach shot: McIlroy is a bit loose on this swing as well, pushing his second shot right of the green. Tiger drops his club in disgust, finding the green but leaving himself 50 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger's birdie attempt has the right distance, but is offline and leaves him 5 feet to save par. He misses that one and picks up his third bogey of the afternoon. After a nice chip to 3 feet, McIlroy stays one shot ahead of the field.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 2 under (11 under); Tiger, 1 over (3 under)

Elsewhere on the course: Brooks Koepka polishes off a 7-under 65 with an 8-foot par putt on No. 9 and moves to Saturday at 10 under, currently one back of Rory McIlroy.

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No. 13: Par 5, 550 yards

Tiger has given himself chances on Friday, but has yet to make a putt longer than 10 feet.

Off the tee: Fairway metal here and Tiger gets a bit unlucky when it bounds a bit hard and off the fairway and into the rough. McIlroy does test the hole with driver and finds the trees on the left.

Second shot: Tiger decides to lay up, but finds the left rough. McIlroy has to chip out sideways from the trees and is in the middle of the fairway.

Third shot: McIlroy's approach is solid, settling about 15 feet past the hole. Tiger also finds the green, but will have 25 feet from behind the hole.

On the green: Tiger's birdie putt runs past on the right and he settles for another par on a par 5. McIlroy also misses on the high side and then misses a 3-foot comebacker for a sloppy bogey, and now just leads by one over Brooks Koepka.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 2 under (11 under); Tiger, Even (4 under)

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No. 12: Par 4, 467 yards

The 12th hole is playing as the fourth-toughest on the course.

Off the tee: Tiger backs off once and then hammers one that stays left and finds the desert. Should have a clean look at the green. McIlroy finds the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: Solid shot here from Tiger, who holds the green and settles 20 feet behind the hole. McIlroy is also behind the hole, slightly longer than Tiger.

On the green: Tiger's birdie putt looks good off the face, but it somehow stays out of the cup and he has to settle for a par. He bent over in disbelief after it didn't drop. McIlroy also scares the hole on this birdie attempt, but posts par.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 3 under (12 under); Tiger, Even (4 under)

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No. 11: Par 3, 169 yards

McIlroy now leads Tiger by nine shots after taking advantage of the par-5 10th.

Off the tee: McIlroy is safely aboard, about 25 feet right of the hole. Tiger nearly holes out, landing 5 feet in front and running just past the hole and settling 4 feet past the hole.

On the green: McIlroy's birdie attempt comes up inches short and he settles for a par. Tiger drains his short birdie try for only his second birdie of the day.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 3 under (12 under); Tiger, Even (4 under)

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No. 10: Par 5, 549 yards

After hitting his first three fairways, Tiger missed his last four in a dismal first nine holes. He also had 16 putts. He's now just one shot above the current cut line. Good news for Tiger is that there are three par-5s on the back, starting at No. 10.

Off the tee: McIlroy's tee ball runs through the fairway and into the left rough. Tiger also goes left and into the rough.

Second shot: From just under 240 yards, Tiger actually goes over the green and finds a bunker. McIlroy comes up short of the green from the long rough.

Around the green: Solid bunker play from Tiger, but leaves himself 10 feet for birdie. McIlroy plays a nice chip shot to about 3 feet under the hole.

On the green: Tiger is firm with his birdie attempt, but sends it about 4 feet past on the right. He makes the comebacker, but a disappointing par. McIlroy taps in his birdie putt to extend his lead to two over Brooks Koepka.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 3 under (12 under); Tiger, 1 over (3 under)

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No. 9: Par 4, 463 yards

Tiger finds himself seven back of McIlroy, after at point today being three off the lead.

Off the tee: With fairway metal, Tiger finds the left rough, but the ball is again sitting up. McIlroy also uses fairway wood and is in the short grass on the left.

Approach shot: From just over 190 yards, Tiger actually uses 5-wood and tries to bank it off the hospitality suites, settling in the rough just beyond the green. McIlroy hits a nice approach to about 12 feet under the hole.

Around the green: Tiger gets a bit too much of the ball on his chip, sending it 10 feet past for another long par look.

On the green: A second bogey for Tiger, who narrowly misses his par putt to the left. He's just one above the cut line currently. McIlroy two-putts for a par, but leads by just one.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 2 under (11 under); Tiger, 1 over (3 under)

Elsewhere on the course: Brooks Koepka drains a 5-footer on the par-5 3rd to make it three consecutive birdies, moving to 10 under and just one shot back of Rory McIlroy.

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No. 8: Par 4, 459 yards

Tiger simply can't get anything going with his flatstick, scaring the hole on a handful of holes, but has nothing to show for it. Meanwhile, McIlroy now leads by three.

Off the tee: McIlroy overcooks his tee ball to the left, sending the gallery scurrying a bit, with the ball finding the desert. And Tiger joins him on the left, staying in the rough.

Approach shot: Tiger's ball is sitting up, but it takes off on him and he finds the left greenside rough. McIlroy comes up about 10 yards short of the green.

Around the green: Tiger's short game saves him again, as he uses a lob wedge and gets it inside 2 feet. McIlroy follows suit, pitching to less than a foot.

On the green: Tiger cleans up his par, as does McIlroy.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 2 under (11 under); Tiger, Even (4 under)

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No. 7: Par 3, 177 yards

The front nine continues to give Tiger problems so far this week, with a bogey, a birdie and 13 pars thus far in the tournament. He now trails McIlroy by six shots.

Off the tee: McIlroy has found his zone again, knocking his tee ball to about 4 feet under the hole. Tiger also hits a nice tee ball, but will have 25 feet for birdie.

On the green: Another close call for Tiger here, who finds the perfect pace, but misses to the left by 2 inches. McIlroy drains his birdie putt to move three clear of the field.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 2 under (11 under); Tiger, Even (4 under)

Elsewhere on the course: Brooks Koepka has moved to within three of the lead with a birdie at the par-4 1st hole, this coming minutes after missing an 8-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th. Koepka has five birdies so far on Friday.

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No. 6: Par 4, 485 yards

McIlroy hasn't looked as crisp on Friday, yet he is in the red today and now has a two-shot lead on the field. Tiger has burned the edge three times today and trails by five again.

Off the tee: Tiger takes driver again here and finds the right rough, while McIlroy is in the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: Tiger manages to muscle the ball out of the thick rough to the front edge of the green, setting up a 40-footer for birdie. McIlroy's second shot spins back to about 6 feet above the hole.

On the green: Very poor birdie putt from Tiger here, as he doesn't hit it firm enough up the hill and it fades, leaving him 8 feet to save par. He misses the par putt to pick up his first bogey of the week. McIlroy reads too much break in his birdie attempt and picks up an easy par.

ON THE DAY: McIlroy, 1 under (10 under); Tiger, Even (4 under)

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No. 5: Par 4, 451 yards

A big par save from Tiger at No. 4, while Stephen Gallacher birdied the hole to move within one of McIlroy.

Off the tee: Tiger takes driver and pulls it left, finding the desert. That's his first missed fairway in four attempts today. Meanwhile, McIlroy hits his first fairway, finding the left side of the short grass.

Approach shot: From 150 yards, Tiger hits a solid shot that settles 18 feet under the hole, while McIlroy's second shot is nearly pin-high and about 12 feet to the hole.

On the green: Tiger thought he had this birdie, but started it about a half-inch too far right and settles for an easy par. Moments later, McIlroy does find the bottom of the cup with his birdie putt to extend his lead to two.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 1 under (5 under); McIlroy, 1 under (10 under)

Elsewhere on the course: As most of the attention is on the Tiger-McIlroy pairing, the hottest golfer on the course right now is Brooks Koepka, who picks up his fourth birdie of the day on the par-4 17th to move to 7 under. He started his round on No. 10.

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No. 4: Par 3, 188 yards

A day after Tiger birdied 3-of-4 par-5s, he takes advantage of the one he didn't birdie on Thursday. He's now just four back of McIlroy.

Off the tee: With the tee in the front, Tiger uncharacteristically leaves his tee ball short of the green, although he'll putt from about 25 feet. McIlroy finds the green, about 18 feet beyond the hole.

Around the green: Tiger uses some extra help on the read from caddie Joe LaCava, but runs his birdie attempt past the hole, leaving 6 feet for par.

On the green: Tiger does make the par putt to avoid his first bogey of the week. McIlroy's birdie attempt is never high enough and he two-putts for a par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 1 under (5 under); McIlroy, Even (9 under)

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No. 3: Par 5, 568 yards

Tiger's had a pair of good looks at birdie on the two opening holes, while McIlroy seems to be in scramble mode with problems off the tee.

Off the tee: Driver in hand for the second time, Tiger hammers his tee ball down the middle of the fairway. McIlroy pushes his tee ball to the right for his third consecutive missed fairway to start the round.

Second shot: Tiger has an awkward stance next to a bunker, but takes fairway metal and gets pin-high, but in a greenside bunker. Plenty of green to work with however. McIlroy has to hit a cut out of the desert on the right and comes up short of the green and in a bunker as well.

Around the green: Nice bunker play from McIlroy here, leaving himself 4 feet for birdie. But Tiger's is even better, nearly holing out and leaving an 18-incher for birdie.

On the green: Tiger does tap in for his first birdie of the day, while McIlroy makes his short birdie putt to regain the outright lead at 9 under.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, 1 under (5 under); McIlroy, Even (9 under)

Elsewhere on the course: Former Florida State All-American Brooks Koepka is hot early, picking up three birdies on his opening five holes to vault into the top 10 at 6 under.

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No. 2: Par 4, 351 yards

Tiger will need a few of those mid-range birdie putts to fall today, while McIlroy paid for a poor tee ball on No. 1.

Off the tee: Tiger simply takes long iron here and splits the fairway, while Rory McIlroy chooses to get after the green with driver and goes well right and into the trees.

Approach shot: From just over 125 yards, Tiger uses wedge again and hits a good shot that settles 12 feet under the hole, just on the fringe. McIlroy finds his tee ball and is able to get it to the green, settling 40 feet from the hole.

On the green: Technically just off the green, Tiger sees his birdie putt break twice and just slip by the hole. He knocks the comebacker in for par. McIlroy hits a solid birdie putt that runs about 3 feet past and he manages to save par.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, Even (4 under); McIlroy, 1 over (8 under)

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No. 1: Par 4, 458 yards

A beautiful - and steamy - day in Dubai, with Tiger working up a good sweat on the practice range prior to the start of the round. Play has been strong for the morning wave, sending Tiger back to T-23 as he starts his round, while McIlroy is still in the lead.

Off the tee: Wearing a black hat, black shirt and grey slacks, Tiger takes driver and it's an instant twirl, as he splits the fairway. McIlroy overcooks his drive and finds the left rough.

Approach shot: From 135 yards, Tiger takes wedge and sticks it to about 12 feet past the hole. McIlroy is in the deep rough and runs off the green and into the rough on the left.

On the green: Tiger's birdie attempt doesn't start high enough and settles for a simple par. McIlroy chooses to putt from off the green and leaves his third shoe woefully short, setting up a 15-footer to save par. He misses that and relinquishes the lead to Scott Hend.

ON THE DAY: Tiger, Even (4 under); McIlroy, 1 over (8 under)

Elsewhere on the course: American Brooks Koepka birdies his opening hole to move to 4 under as he chases his first European Tour victory.

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Update #1: 2:52 a.m. EST

Some early storylines from the morning wave in Dubai:

• With only about 40 minutes until McIlroy and Tiger tee off, no one has passed McIlroy on the leaderboard, with Danny Willett posting the low round of the day thus far with a 7-under 65 to get within a shot of the lead.

• FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai winner Henrik Stenson has used five birdies to work his way into the top 10 at 7 under, two back of McIlroy.

• The current projected cut will be those at 1 under or better. Miguel Angel Jimenez is one of the bigger names flirting with missing the weekend, currently at 1 over with three holes to play in his second round. Ernie Els is also on the outside looking in at 1 over with three to play, having just birdied No. 6.

• • •

First-round coverage

5 Things: Rory McIlroy shines with 63; Tiger Woods fires 68

Rory McIlroy (63) and Tiger Woods (68) put on a show Thursday morning at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, combining for 11 birdies and an eagle as McIlroy took the early lead.

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• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

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