Rory McIlroy 2 back in Abu Dhabi

Updated: January 17, 2014, 2:37 PM ET
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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Rory McIlroy birdied his last two holes to post a 5-under 67 and lie two shots off the lead two rounds into the HSBC Championship on Friday.

McIlroy, who is at 7 under in the European Tour event, was rapt to be in contention for a second win in three tournaments.

Playing partner Phil Mickelson was also happy, though to make the cut by two shots at 1 under with a second-round 70.

"I'm really glad I made the cut and I now have a chance ...

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