Rory McIlroy Leaderboard and Score Updates from Abu Dhabi Golf Championship 2014

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Rory McIlroy Leaderboard and Score Updates from Abu Dhabi Golf Championship 2014
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Rory McIlroy's presence at last year's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship remains memorable for the Irishman's grand failure, but after failing to miss the cut 12 months ago, the former world No. 1 had the opportunity to begin 2014 by making headlines for the right reason.

McIlroy finished strong and ended the tournament in second place (-13), just one stroke off the lead.

The 24-year-old had just signed his mega-money deal with Nike prior to last season's event, exchanging his tried and tested Titleist clubs for the famous swoosh, but his inability to perform in Asia led to months of trouble for the talented player.

"Reflecting back on last year, there was a lot of instability going on, but I'm starting this season on such a different sort of platform," McIlroy said in an interview with local reporters, per Bob Harig of ESPN.

Ranked seventh in the world entering this tournament, things have settled down for McIlroy in recent times. His first victory of 2013 came during December's Australian Open, ending fears of finishing the season without silverware.

McIlroy's engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki has also led the player to say he has "stability" in his life, as reported by James Corrigan of The Telegraph.

With this in mind, he has started the new year with a fantastic performance at the tournament that was remembered for the start of his previous downfall.

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