Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off on the 11th hole during the second round of the Abu Dhabi Championship golf tournament in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Kamran Jebreili
January 16, 2015

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Rory McIlroy made his first competitive hole-in-one as a professional as part of a brilliant back nine that propelled his pursuit of Martin Kaymer in the second round of the Abu Dhabi Championship on Friday.

The world No. 1 threw his hands in the air and high-fived playing partner Rickie Fowler after his 9-iron from 177 yards at the par-3 15th landed a yard from the hole, hopped right and trickled into the cup.

McIlroy's 6-under 66 put him in third on 11 under and two shots behind Kaymer, who followed up an opening-round 64 with a 67 to give himself a great chance of a fourth title at the National course - where he won in 2008, '10 and '11.

Belgium's Thomas Pieters (67) is second on 12 under.

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