Rose leads Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

Jan. 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM
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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Justin Rose rode a 3-under-par 69 Friday to a one-stroke lead halfway through the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HABC Golf Championship.

Rose had one bogey in the second round in moving to 8-under 136 for the tournament in which players missing the cut included Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, ranked 1-2 in the world.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano had the round of the day, a 5-under 67, and moved into second. He's tied with Jamie Donaldson, who was the first-round co-leader with Rose, for second at 7-under. Donaldson had three bogeys Friday in a 2-under 70.

Gareth Mulroy, who shot 68 Friday, and Joost Luiten, with a second-round 69, are tied for fourth at 5-under 139. Eight players are at 4-under.

Rose, playing the second nine of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club first Friday, opened with six pars. After a birdie at the 16th he had three more pars. He went birdie-bogey-birdie over holes 2-4. A birdie at the 456-yard, par-4 nine gave him sole possession of the lead.

McIlroy posted his second straight 3-over 75 and missed the cut by four strokes.

Woods also shot 75 for a 36-hole total of 3-over. Woods, who had a triple-bogey 7 at the fifth hole, had three consecutive birdies over Nos. 14-16 to get to the cut line of 2-under but then had a bogey at the par-4 17th and missed the cut.

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