Tiger Just Two Back Goosen Still Leads


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Retief Goosen celebrated his 39th birthday on Friday with a 5-under-par 67 to share the lead during the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic.
Anders Hansen fired the lowest round of the tournament with a 9-under 63 in round two. He joined the two-time U.S. Open winner and first-round co-leader at 13-under-par 131 at the Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club.
The second round was suspended due to darkness on Friday, thanks to a 55- minute fog delay that held up the start of the round. Only six players need to complete their second rounds and they will return to the course Saturday morning.
Tiger Woods was unhappy with his 6-under 66 in the second round. He finished 36 holes at 11-under-par 133 and is tied for third place with Nick Dougherty (66) and first-round co-leader Richard Green (69).
Much like Thursday's opening round, Woods was on fire out of the gate. On Friday, he eagled his first hole from 6 feet, the par-5 10th, and birdied 12 and 13 to start out 4 under through his first four holes.
He collected back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 and looked to be in great shape with the par-5 18th to play. Woods' drive at 18 found trouble and the reigning winner of both the Masters and British Open decided to try for the green in two.
Bad decision as Woods' second landed in water guarding the green. He dropped and could not save par once he found the putting surface.
Woods recovered nicely with three consecutive birdies from the first. The top player in the world switched to a 6-iron thanks to the wind at the par-3 fourth and paid the price. Woods ended up with a double bogey, but birdied the fifth. He dropped another shot to par at six and despite a 66, Woods was not pleased after the round.
'Turned a great round into a round...frustrating,' said Woods, who has two top-5s in his last two starts at this event. 'Especially when you have a good round going like that, any time you drop a shot, period, it always hurts you.'
Goosen started slowly on Friday with a bogey at the first. He tallied only two birdies on his front side, but crept back up the leaderboard with his back-nine play.
He birdied the par-5 10th, then recorded his next birdie at No. 16, a hole Goosen has birdied in each of the opening two rounds. The South African's outstanding play at the par-5 closing hole gave him a share of first place.
Goosen was in between a 3-iron and 4-iron with his second at the last. He elected to go with a soft 3-iron and the ball barely cleared the water. Instead, Goosen rolled in a big-breaking, 20-footer for eagle to get in at minus-13.
'It was nice to roll that one in,' said Goosen, who suffered through a restless night because one of his children was in a minor car accident Thursday afternoon. 'Tonight, I'll catch up on some sleep and get ready for tomorrow.'
Hansen was spectacular on Friday. He tallied three birdies in his first six holes, then parred the rest for an opening-nine, 3-under-par 35.
On the back nine, the Dane really caught fire. Hansen birdied 10, 11 and 13 to get within one of Woods' clubhouse lead. He rattled off three birdies in a row from the 15th to post 13 under par.
He faced a difficult decision at the last. Hansen was between clubs and feared he would go over the green, so he laid up down the fairway. The conservative play led to a par, but Hansen is in solid position to make a run at a second European Tour victory.
'It's always nice going into the weekend leading the tournament,' acknowledged Hansen, who has held the 36-hole lead twice on the European Tour, including his 2002 victory at the Volvo PGA Championship. 'I should be in pretty good shape.'
Jamie Donaldson, the third co-leader from Thursday, only managed a 2-under 70. He is tied for sixth place with three-time winner and defending champion Ernie Els, who vaulted up the leaderboard with a 6-under 66 on Friday. The pair is knotted at 10-under-par 134.
Marc Cayeux (66), Niclas Fasth (68), Soren Hansen (65) and Peter Lawrie (66) are in the clubhouse at minus-9. Mark Foster is 9 under par, but has two holes to play in the second round.
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