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Rafael Cabrera-Bello takes halfway lead at Dubai Desert Classic

Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello shoots back-to-back 67s to reach 10-under-par and hold a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Former champion Rafael Cabrera-Bello has moved into a one-shot lead at the halfway mark of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The Spaniard, who won the tournament in 2012, shot a second straight five-under-par 67 to reach 10-under after the second round.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello smiles after his birdie on the 18th hole during the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club on February 5, 2016© Getty Images

In close pursuit are Ernie Els, Danny Willett and Trevor Fisher Jr, who all lie at nine-under at Emirates Golf Club.

World number two Rory McIlroy started the day four-under, but could only shoot a level-par 72 to drop six shots off the pace.

It would have been a lot worse for the Northern Irishman had he not birdied his last three holes after five bogeys in his first 11 holes.

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