Rory McIlroy at Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 2016: Friday Score, Reaction

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2016

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 8th hole during the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 22, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Rory McIlroy endured a frustrating second day at the 2016 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship as he shot one over par for 13 holes before play finished early as the light disappeared.

Play was delayed by nearly three hours due to fog in the morning, and when the world No. 3 did finally get out on course, he simply could not find the form he had shown in Thursday's action.

When play finished McIlroy was on five under par for the tournament, five shots back from clubhouse leader Andy Sullivan.

Here is the Northern Irishman's incomplete card from Friday's action.

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McIlroy had chances for birdie at the first, second and the third, but none of his medium-length attempts dropped, setting the tone for an aggravating day.

Indeed, it was something of a tricky day for most of the players, including world No. 1 Jordan Spieth who, along with Rickie Fowler, was paired with McIlroy, per the European Tour:

A string of eight consecutive pars kept McIlroy on six under as he headed toward the turn, but a wild drive on the ninth spelled trouble.

He went way right off the tee and into a water hazard, meaning he had to take a penalty drop on the par four.

McIlroy could not scramble an up-and-down and had to settle for a bogey to drop five off the clubhouse lead set by Sullivan.

As the darkness set in, the luck did not change for McIlroy. At the par-three 12th he hit his drive stiff to around three feet, but yet again his birdie putt did not drop.

Another off-line drive on the 13th saw him go into some trees on the right, but he got a break as he had a line to the green.

A scrambled par turned out to be his final hole of the day as play was abandoned with the sun disappearing, and McIlroy will hope to find some better form when he returns to finish up on Saturday.

However, with over two rounds left to play, he is still very much in contention in Abu Dhabi.