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Golf: Woods and McIlroy in battle for survival

Published on Jan 18, 2013 8:03 PM
 
Tiger Woods (right) of the US, and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walk at the 16th hole during the first round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club on Jan 17, 2013. McIlroy and Woods were both facing the axe at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Friday, Jan 18, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ABU DHABI (AFP) - The world's two top golfers - Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods - were both facing the axe at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Friday.

The tournament's star draws began the second round at level par for Woods and three over for top-ranked McIlroy and things quickly went from bad to worse, despite perfect playing conditions.

Woods failed to hit any of the first six green in regulation as he opened with four bogeys in five holes to slump to four over for the tournament.

McIlroy, playing his second competitive round with his new Nike clubs, bogeyed four, five and seven to stand at six over.

 
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