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Woods leads in Abu Dhabi, as Irish contingent remain in contention

The American has a chance to secure his second title of the year, having won the Chevron World Challenge last month.

Woods has been in good form recently.
Woods has been in good form recently.

TIGER WOODS HAS the chance to secure a second successive victory, as he leads the way at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Following today’s action, Woods is level with Robert Rock on 11 under par.

Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, is joint third with Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari and Peter Hanson.

McIlroy’s Northern Irish colleague, Graeme McDowell is on seven-under after a 68, and Gareth Maybin and Padraig Harrington are also performing relatively well, and are on six and four-under respectively. In addition, Michael Hoey shot a 69, which left him on one-under.

With 18 holes remaining, Woods could attain his second title in as many months, after he won the limited-field Chevron World Challenge last month, having previously gone over two years without winning a tournament.

Read: Up and down: McIlroy’s two shot penalty caps frustrating day>

Read: Rory’s start leaves Tiger and Luke in the shade>

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