Olesen moves into lead at Abu Dhabi

Jan. 27, 2012 at 9:13 AM

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Thorbjorn Olesen, despite a final-hole bogey, owns a one-stroke lead after Friday's play at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Olesen, 22 and looking for his first European Tour victory, had five front-side birdies en route to a second-round, 5-under-par 67. He is at 7-under 137 after 36 holes.

Matteo Manassero, whose 7-under 65 was the round of the day, is tied with Gareth Maybin for second at 6-under. Maybin shot 70.

Tiger Woods had a 3-under 69 in the second round and is in a group of seven players tied for fourth at 5-under. That group includes first-round co-leaders Robert Karlsson and Rory McIlroy, who turned in even-par 72s in the second round.

McIlroy's round included a double bogey at the third hole and a two-stroke penalty that gave him a 6 at the par-4 ninth hole. McIlroy was penalized for brushing away sand that wasn't on the putting surface.

Olesen opened with three birdies in his first four holes but slipped with a bogey at No. 5. He put together four more birdies over Nos. 8-12 before a bogey at the par-5, 567-yard 18th.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Electronics certification company makes hoverboard burst into flames
Eli Manning explains pout after Denver Broncos' Super Bowl score
Duke's Grayson Allen trips Louisville player
Nicola Griffin to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at 56
Larry Sanders considering NBA comeback