Stenson headlines notable MCs in Abu Dhabi


A second-round 68 from Henrik Stenson was impressive, but it still wasn't good enough to earn the Swede a weekend tee time at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Stenson's opening 76 proved too much to overcome, as his 36-hole total of even-par 144 left him two shots off the cut line. Stenson has twice been a runner-up in Abu Dhabi, in both 2006 and '08, but he has now missed the cut at this event three times in the last four years.

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Stenson's score improved significantly from his birdie-free opener, but accuracy remained an issue as he found just 12 of 18 greens in regulation. He was one of four players in this week's field ranked inside the top 10 in the OWGR, but he is the only one from the elite quartet who failed to make the cut.

Stenson was not the only notable name to slam his trunk Friday, though, as defending champ Pablo Larrazabal (71-72) and former Open winner Darren Clarke (72-71) both missed the cut by a shot. Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Matteo Manassero all suffered early exits, as did Georgia Tech standout Ollie Schniederjans, the world's top-ranked amateur who carded rounds of 76 and 75.