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Tiger on the prowl as McIlroy clings to slender advantage in Dubai
McIlroy’s round of sixty-eight is enough to keep him in the lead as Woods moves up to fifth position.

AFTER A DISAPPOINTING opening round yesterday, world number three Tiger Woods roared into contention in Dubai this morning with a six-under par second round.

Woods, whose last tournament win came in the JBWere Masters in November 2009 , did not drop a single shot over the course of the day, shooting six birdies as he moved into a share of fifth place.

Overnight night leader Rory McIlroy retains sole custody of first position at the end of today’s play, though he has seen his two-shot advantage halved by the chasing pack.

The 21-year-old finished the day on eleven-under par, one shot clear of Sergio Garcia and South African Thomas Aiken who both shot rounds of 67 to move to ten-under.

World number one Lee Westwood remains six shots off the pace after today’s two-under round of 70 moved him to five-under for the tournament. Martin Kaymer remains a further shot behind after bogeys on 14 and 15 saw him finish with a one-under round of 71 today.

The other competitors of Irish interest scored as follows: Darren Clarke (-2), Damien McGrane (-1) and Peter Lawrie (E).

Both Paul McGinley and Gareth Maybin will miss the cut, however, as their respective scores of four-over and eight-over fall short of the projected level-par mark.

Meanwhile, over in the United States, Padraig Harrington is tied for twelfth following a three-under opening round of 69 at the AT&T National Pro-Am. The Dubliner is being partnered by friend and business partner JP McManus during this week’s tournament in California.

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After day one, Steve Marino, who is playing alongside comedian Bill Murray, currently shares the lead with fellow American D.A. Points.

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