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Olesen moves into lead at Abu Dhabi

Jan. 27, 2012 at 9:13 AM   |   Comments

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.

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