After his first professional hole-in-one, Rory McIlroy is eager to close the gap on Abu Dhabi Championship leader Martin Kaymer.
Despite gaining his first professional hole-in-one on Friday, Rory McIlroy is more concerned with reeling in Abu Dhabi Championship leader Martin Kaymer over the next two days.
The world number one achieved the feat at the 177-yard, par-three 15th tee having previously struggled with putting in Friday's round.
It helped McIlroy to a six-under round that leaves him two shots off leader Kaymer going into the final two rounds.
Asked about the hole-in-one, McIlroy explained: "It was unexpected. I had been playing well but I hadn't been putting so good, so that took the putting out of it thankfully.
"I felt, at that point, that I'd missed a few opportunities and I missed a couple of short ones on 13 and 14 so I was able to make up for that with a hole-in-one on 15.
"It's nice to make a hole-in-one but I wanted to make sure I was concentrated on the final three holes and not let that overshadow what I was actually trying to do out there, which was trying to get as close to the lead as possible.
"I'd like the two nines to be a bit more even [on Saturday] but I'll take it in a good position heading into the weekend."
Kaymer has previously won the competition in 2008, 2010 and 2011, with the German seemingly on course for another success at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club this year.
Third-place McIlroy has not given up hope of catching Kaymer but admitted he faces an uphill challenge.
"It's always tough giving Martin Kaymer a two-shot advantage over 36 holes at this place, but I'll try my best," he added.
"He's obviously playing very well and I feel like I'm playing good as well, so we'll see if I can put some pressure on him."