Grillo outplays McIlroy; primed for another win


Having won on two different tours last month, Emiliano Grillo is looking to complete the trifecta this week at the DP World Tour Championship.

The Argentine played alongside Rory McIlroy Friday in Dubai and managed to beat the former world No. 1, carding an 8-under 64 to McIlroy's 68. At 11 under, Grillo sits alone in second place, one shot behind Andy Sullivan who took sole possession of the lead with a lengthy birdie on No. 18.

Grillo won the Tour Championship to close out a successful stint in the Tour Finals, then won his first event as a PGA Tour member when he captured the Open in a playoff.

With only one prior professional win to his credit, Grillo now has a chance to capture three high-profile events on three different circuits in the span of seven weeks.

Grillo was bogey-free during his second round at Jumeirah Golf Estates, carding birdies on his first two holes en route to an outward nine of 3-under 33. He added birdies on Nos. 10 and 13 before closing with three more birdies over his final four holes. After beginning the year ranked No. 128 in the world, the 23-year-old is up to No. 36 in the latest standings and appears eager to improve on that position this week in Dubai.

While his 4-under 68 wasn't enough to keep pace with Grillo, McIlroy's score was good enough to earn a tie for fourth heading into the weekend. He is two shots ahead of Danny Willett, meaning the Ulsterman remains in position to successfully defend his season-long Race to Dubai title.