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Woods in contention, 4 shots back in Dubai

February 12, 2011

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— Tiger Woods surged into contention at the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 66 in his bid to win his first tournament in more than a year.

With stellar putting and a consistent short game, Woods made six birdies for the day’s low score. He was at 7-under 137 after two rounds, four shots behind leader Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy followed his opening 65 with a 68 to maintain his lead going into the weekend at Emirates Golf Club. The 21-year-old golfer from Northern Ireland earned his only European Tour victory at this tournament two years ago.

A shot behind at 10 under were Sergio Garcia (67) and South Africa’s Thomas Aiken (67), followed by England’s Steve Webster (68) at 8 under.

Woods was tied for fifth with Jean-Baptiste Gonnet of France, Anders Hansen of Denmark, Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland and Brett Rumford of Australia.

Marino opens big lead at Pebble

Pebble Beach, Calif. — Steve Marino made seven birdies for the second straight day and shot a 6-under 66 to build a four-shot lead in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

He is at 13-under 131.

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot a 72 on the par-70 Monterey Peninsula Country Club course and sits at 3-under 139.

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