Dubai Golf Leaderboard
February 11, 2011 by staff
Dubai Golf Leaderboard, Rory McIlroy birdied the final hole to card a 68 and take a one-stroke lead at 11 under mid-term review of the Dubai Desert Classic. Sergio Garcia has yet to drop a shot in 67 seconds and successive units of a second, while Tiger Woods to seven under after a 66 with no bogeys. World number one Lee Westwood, playing in the same group as Woods, dropped two shots in a 70 and is less than five years. Martin Kaymer, the world number two, is one further back after a round of 71.
McIlroy edged clear of the field after laying short of water close by five dangerous and reading corner of 103 yards to seven feet to set up his third birdie on the back nine. The former champion, whose victory in 2009 remains his only European Tour success to date, only one bogey Friday afternoon carded the second hole but admitted he had not played as well as in its 65 impressive in terms of Thursday morning.
“I felt a little more comfortable with my swing in the first round but I stayed patient and picked up the birdies when I can,” the 21-year-old said. “Maybe this year the last time, I would not have been able to grind a 68 after the start I had. Rounds like this proves that I do the right thing. ” Meanwhile Woods, a starter early in the second day, started full of confidence after his closing eagle on Thursday, which led to a sub. He started superbly with birdies at the 12th, 13th and 18th centuries to reach the turn in three under-34.
The 35-year U.S. added another birdie on the second despite driving into the rough and continued his presentation with a 25-foot short on fourth. And a wonderful approach to two feet at the 485-yard par-four sixth brought the current world number one three his sixth birdie of day. Tiger Woods surged to the Dubai Desert Classic standings shooting a bogey-free 6-under 66 Friday to bring him back in contention for his first victory in over a year. Helped by setting a stellar and consistent set short, Woods sunk six birdies in the low round of the day at all 7-under 137, four shots behind leader Rory McIlroy.
McIlroy followed his opening 65 with a 68 to maintain his lead entering the weekend at the Emirates Golf Club. He was here two years ago that 21 years Northern Ireland has won his only European Tour victory. A shot behind McIlroy at 10 years were Sergio Garcia (67) and South Africa’s Thomas Aiken (67), followed by Englishman Steve Webster (68) at 8 under.
Woods was tied for fifth alongside Jean-Baptiste Gonnet of France, Anders Hansen of Denmark, Michael Hoey of Ireland North and Brett Rumford of Australia. Woods, who was outdriving his playing partners, No. 1-ranked Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer 2, added precision to his reader’s blisters and approach shots on Friday. And unlike Wednesday, when he missed several putts and approach shots makable struck across the green, the winner of 14 majors are provided regular opportunities.
“I felt good today. I hit many good shots, “said Woods, who compared his game on Friday at the way he played last year’s Challenge Chevron World, where he lost in overtime at the U.S. Open Graeme McDowell.
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