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Rory McIlroy pays penalty in Abu Dhabi

Penalty costs McIlroy as Olesen leads in Abu Dhabi

Rory McIlroy lost the lead as he incurred a careless two-stroke penalty at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Joint top overnight with Swede Robert Karlsson, the US Open champion had come back from a shaky start with three birdies when his rules blunder came on the 456-yard ninth.

Just off the green in two, McIlroy made the mistake of brushing away sand that was not on the putting surface and the penalty was imposed after a referee had been called.

Paying the penalty: Rory McIlroy on the second tee

Paying the penalty: Rory McIlroy on the second tee

The 22-year-old world No 3 also had a double bogey on the third and did well to avoid another on the 11th, but six birdies kept him in the hunt.

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In the swing: Thorbjorn Olesen leads in Abu Dhabi

Westwood was in grave danger of crashing out as well after five bogeys in his first 12 holes, but came back with a hat-trick of birdies.

Before going off for treatment the Worksop golfer said: 'I've had it for about a month, but this is the first time I've played three days in a row since.

'The pain goes down into my elbow and it feels like somebody is driving a needle in there.'

Asked if there was any possibility of him withdrawing during the round he added: 'If I'd hit it in the long rough I might have had to think about it, but hopefully I'll be ok tomorrow.'

As the day's play drew towards its close Olesen, three times a runner-up in his rookie season last year, was a stroke in front of McIlroy's compatriot Gareth Maybin, who had yet to record a bogey.

Australian Open 2012: Roger Federer to play Ivo Karlovic in round three

Injured Beck retires to send Federer through to round three… without hitting a ball!

Roger Federer booked his place the last 32 of the Australian Open without hitting a ball after Andreas Beck was forced to withdraw from their scheduled second-round clash.

Germany's Beck, who was due to take on the Swiss in the final match of day three on Hisense Arena, had to scratch after suffering a lower back injury.

Easy does it: World No 3 Roger Federer is through to the last 32 without hitting a ball after German Andreas Beck retired

Easy does it: World No 3 Roger Federer is through to the last 32 without hitting a ball after German Andreas Beck retired

Federer will now meet the winner of the clash between Croatian Ivo Karlovic and Argentinian Carlos Berlocq in the third round.

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Mardy Fish had no such luck after becoming the highest seed to exit the tournament following his defeat to Alejandro Falla.

American Fish committed 58 unforced errors to help hand his Colombian opponent a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 7-6, (8/6) victory in exactly three hours.

Fried: Mardy Fish crashed out of the Australian Open in the second round

Fried: Mardy Fish crashed out of the Australian Open in the second round

Master stroke: Colombian Alejandro Falla was impressive in his straight sets win over American Fish

Master stroke: Colombian Alejandro Falla was impressive in his straight sets win over American Fish

Having lost the first set on a tie-break, eighth seed Fish became distracted by Falla's use of the trainer and a solitary break handed the world No 71 a two-set lead.

It looked bleak for Fish when he found himself a break down in the third, but he hit back to take it to another breaker only to again find himself on the back foot.

Falla, best known previously for squandering a two-set advantage against Federer at Wimbledon in 2010, looked nervy when wasting his first two match points, the first with a double fault.

Sailing through: Tomas Berdych proved too much for Olivier Rochus

Sailing through: Tomas Berdych proved too much for Olivier Rochus

But when a third chance presented itself he was grateful for Fish putting a backhand volley wide.

Seventh seed Tomas Berdych eased past diminutive Belgian Olivier Rochus 6-1, 6-0, 7-6, (7/4), while big-serving South African Kevin Anderson edged out Sergiy Stakhovsky 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.

Steve Stricker leads at midway point in Hawaii

Stricker storms into midway lead in Hawaii after superb 10-under par round

Steve Stricker opened up a five-shot lead at the midway stage of the Tournament of Champions with a stunning 10-under-par 63 in his second round in Hawaii.

The Wisconsin-born 44-year-old, who started with a 68 on Friday, picked up eight birdies and an eagle in a flawless round on the Plantation Course at Kapalua to move to 15 under par.

In the lead: Stricker has taken a five-shot lead at the Tournament of Champions

In the lead: Stricker has taken a five-shot lead at the Tournament of Champions

Webb Simpson was his nearest challenger after a 68, with fellow American Kevin Na in third place – a further stroke back – after an eagle-eagle finish helped him card a 64.

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Nearest challenger: Webb Simpson

'It was a special day,' he said. 'When you can shoot 10 under, a lot of good things have to happen. I gave myself a lot of opportunities. I made a lot of putts. I just played consistent, really never got into any trouble.

'It was just a good, solid round of golf. We're only halfway, through, so I've got still a lot of work left to do – I realise that.

'So I've just got to come out tomorrow with the same mentality that I've had every other day, and that's just to take one shot at a time and keep plugging away.'

Asked if Ernie Els' 2003 tournament mark of 31 under par had entered his thoughts, he replied: 'It doesn't enter my mind, and I really hate putting numbers on anything.

'I just go out and take what it gives me, really, if I'm feeling good, if I'm aggressive and can take advantage of some holes out there.

'But I really just get into the situation at hand and go from there, and that's what I did well today. I ran with it. I felt good. I started making some birdies and I was patient when I wasn't making some.'

Jonathan Byrd leads Tournament of Champions

Defending champion

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'I hit a good shot into the next hole, made a par. And then six straight birdies. I was just plugging along playing the golf course just trying to give myself looks, and the putts just kept going in.'

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On fire: Michael Bradley hits from the fairway to the first green

US PGA champion Keegan Bradley was two shots off the pace after a 69, with South Korea's KJ Choi one stroke further adrift.

Lucas Glover withdrew from the
tournament after injuring his knee in a paddleboard accident last
weekend, leaving the field for the winners-only event at 27.

Glover, who won the Wells Fargo
Championship to earn entry into the elite field at Kapalua, sprained the
medial collateral ligament in his right knee when he fell off the board
last Saturday.

Sachin Tendulkar misses out on 100th Test ton against Australia in Melbourne

Wait goes on for Tendulkar as Dravid puts India in the driving seat in Melbourne

Sachin Tendulkar threatened to bring up a magical 100th international century but was dismissed late on day two after helping put India in command of the first Test against Australia.

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Tendulkar was bowled superbly by Peter Siddle for a dashing 73 from 98 deliveries, three balls before stumps at the MCG.

He had teamed up with Rahul Dravid, who scored a patient 68 not out to help the tourists reach 214 for three heading into the third day in response to Australia”s first-innings score of 333.

The long walk: Sachin Tendulkar gives a rueful glance over his left shoulder after missing out on the milestone once again

The long walk: Sachin Tendulkar gives a rueful glance over his left shoulder after missing out on the milestone once again

The two greatest Test run-scorers of all-time put on 117 for the third wicket – their 20th century partnership.

Worryingly for Australia, they were looking at their ominous best before Siddle intervened and forced nightwatchman Ishant Sharma to make an appearance.

It did not take long for Tendulkar to get his eye in and he treated the 52,858-strong crowd to a batting masterclass with top-notch stroke play which delivered some perfectly-executed boundaries.

The Little Master saw off eight balls in a nervous period before tea, following Virender Sehwag”s dismissal for 67 in the penultimate over of the middle session.

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That”s out: Peter Siddle accounts for Tendulkar at the MCG

He then set the tone for his innings with the first ball of the final session, doing so in spectacular style with an outrageous six when he flicked Siddle over the slip cordon and the third-man boundary.

It was the first of three precise late cuts he guided over the slips in what was a display of supreme awareness, vision and timing.

Tendulkar had eight fours to go with his six, and scored his 64th Test fifty with a single off Nathan Lyon that produced one of the loudest cheers of the day from a Melbourne crowd which featured a healthy portion of Indian supporters.

At the other end, Dravid was at his resolute best and lived up to his nickname of The Wall, with his 68 runs coming from 185 balls.

No ball: Rahul Dravid was handed a reprieve after a video replay

No ball: Rahul Dravid was handed a reprieve after a video replay

Dravid had been a lot more circumspect than Tendulkar but there were some flashes of brilliance, none more impressive than when he hit a glorious glance for four off Siddle after he opened his wrists ever so slightly.

Tendulkar overtook Dravid, who notched his 63rd Test fifty, despite the latter getting a 28-over head start.

Dravid was assured in his stroke-play and looked impregnable for the most part although he did experience some hairy moments courtesy of Ben Hilfenhaus, James Pattinson and Siddle.

Most notably, six overs before stumps, Siddle did find a way through when he bowled Dravid, but after much jubilation the delivery was adjudged to be a no-ball after umpire Marais Erasmus referred it to the third umpire, much to the Victorian firebrand”s horror.

Fancy a livener Dravid takes evasive action as James Pattinson fires in the short stuff

Fancy a livener Dravid takes evasive action as James Pattinson fires in the short stuff

But Tendulkar”s wicket would have served as a decent consolation for Siddle who bowled a ripping spell at the end of the day which yielded one for seven from four overs.

Tendulkar and Dravid had experienced little trouble dealing with the off-spin of Lyon, and the absence of an all-rounder in the team meant part-timers David Hussey and David Warner bowled their respective medium pace and leg spin with little effect against the greatest and second-greatest Test run scorers of all time.

Pacemen Pattinson and Hilfenhaus had made a blistering start to India”s innings but could not build momentum.

Hilfenhaus bowled fantastically well early on and he troubled Dravid and Sehwag, in particular, on numerous occasions with superb pace, line and length.

While Pattinson was outstanding, especially in the period prior to tea which saw him take one for seven from five overs in a spell of venomous pace bowling which saw him bowl Sehwag after the opener had a number of near-misses in an entertaining and risky innings which included seven boundaries.

Sehwag brought up his 8,000th Test run and 31st Test fifty and combined well with Dravid as they put on 75 for the second wicket.

Earlier, Australia made it to 333 thanks to some handy cameos from Siddle (41), Hilfenhaus (19) and Pattinson (18 not out) after starting the day on 277 for six.

Picture perfect: An expectant crowd assembled at the MCG for the second day

Picture perfect: An expectant crowd assembled at the MCG for the second day

Veteran Indian paceman Zaheer Khan (four for 77) and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (three for 81) wrapped up Australia”s innings as they shared the remaining four wickets evenly.

Meanwhile, impressive Australian debutant Ed Cowan is under a fitness cloud after injuring his back during the warm-up and receiving treatment.

Cowan re-entered the arena to resume fielding duties in the second session but had to leave the field again soon after.

Ian Poulter maintains lead at Australian Masters

Poulter holds halfway advantage but Donald still dangerous at Australian Masters

A three-under par round of 68 was enough for Ian Poulter to maintain his lead at the midway point of the JBWere Australian Masters in Melbourne, but a couple of big names are still in touch.

Poulter”s steady round included birdies at all three par-fives, and just the one bogey, as he moved on to nine-under to hold two-stroke advantage heading into the weekend.

Australian Matthew Giles (68) is alone in second place at seven-under, while countryman Ashley Hall is outright third at minus six after a 70.

In control: Ian Poulter takes a two-shot lead into the third round in Melbourne

In control: Ian Poulter takes a two-shot lead into the third round in Melbourne

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But there are a host of big names within touch, including world No 1 Luke Donald and local hopeful Geoff Ogilvy.

Donald endured an up-and-down day that could have been considerably better, but ended up signing for a 70 to be among a host of players tied for 14th at three-under.

The Englishman got to four-under early in his round when he made back-to-back birdies at two of the most difficult holes on the course – the par-four sixth and short par-three seventh – but he found trouble at the eighth and gave back both shots immediately.

Despite his inconsistent round, Donald still thinks he remains a threat.

“I hit a lot of good shots today but I”ve been struggling on the greens,” he said. “I”m finding it hard to see the line and missing my fair share of chances for birdie. Hopefully I”m saving them all for the weekend.

“I”m still in a decent position, I just need to get that putter going and get on a roll.”

Hanging in: Luke Donald is six behind Poulter after struggling with his putter

Hanging in: Luke Donald is six behind Poulter after struggling with his putter

Ogilvy looked flat early in his round before springing to life at the par-five ninth with a chip in for eagle from the back of the green.

Four more birdies – along with one dropped shot – followed on the back nine for the Victorian as he shot 66 and finished the day tied with Brendan Jones, Nathan Green, Brent McCullough, Kieran Pratt and Peter Lonard at five-under.

It looked like Lonard was going to finish higher up the leaderboard when he birdied his eighth and ninth holes, the 17th and 18th, to move into a share of the lead at seven-under, but the 44-year-old dropped three shots in a row on his back nine to finish with a 70.

Route 66: Geoff Ogilvy shot a six-under second round to stay in contention

Route 66: Geoff Ogilvy shot a six-under second round to stay in contention

Italian Matteo Manassero fared much better on the second day, with the 18-year-old posting a round of 67 to follow his disastrous 76 on Thursday, while playing partner Robert Allenby carded 17 pars and one birdie to finish with a 70.

The duo finished the day in joint 47th position at one-over, one shot ahead of the cut that was made at plus two.

Notable players that missed the cut included veteran Australians Peter O”Malley and Paul Gow, plus New Zealander Michael Campbell and American Jeff Maggert.

Luke Donald on verge of money list double in Dubai

Donald moves into contention as McIlroy concedes money list challenge is over

Luke Donald is poised to complete the best year of his golfing life in real style on Sunday.

A third round 66 at the Dubai World Championship, coupled with a disappointing display from Rory McIlroy, means the world No 1 is within touching distance of an unprecedented double.

“It”s over – definitely,” McIlroy said after a 71 dropped him from third to eighth in an event he has to win just to have a chance. “And Luke deserves it.”

In the money: Luke Donald is on the verge of winning both money lists

In the money: Luke Donald is on the verge of winning both money lists

Nobody has ever topped the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic in the same season, but after taking the PGA Tour title in October by winning their final event there is even a chance for him to do the same on the European circuit.

If he does, it would be worth 1.7million to the 34-year-old English star, made up of the tournament first prize of 793,298 and an Order of Merit bonus of 951.957.

Needing “only” a top nine finish to clinch the “Race to Dubai”, as it is called, Donald burst from joint 12th place at halfway to fourth spot on 10 under par.

If McIlroy, who has been battling possible Dengue fever, fails to win, the race is all over regardless of where Donald finishes.

SpaniardAlvaro Quiros still leads, but a bogey six on the last for a 70 and 14 under total means Europe”s biggest hitter, for the fourth time in five seasons, is only two ahead of Scot Paul Lawrie, who eagled the same hole.

South African Louis Oosthuizen, like Lawrie a former Open champion, is third a stroke further back after also handing in a 66.

Falling short: Rory McIlroy

Falling short: Rory McIlroy”s challenge faded during his third round

Donald described his six-birdie, no bogey display as “the perfect round for me – exactly what I wanted.”

He had started his first two rounds with a bogey, but this time it was with a 14-foot birdie putt and he added more on the second, fifth and eighth to turn in 32.

With no sight of McIlroy on the leaderboards by then, Donald picked up further shots at the 15th and 16th.

He is not taking anything for granted yet, though.

“You can”t in this game. I would be foolish to think it”s over,” he said.

“Tomorrow it will be just like any other day in terms of my focus.

“It will be on trying to catch whoever is the leader and trying to win the tournament. I”m not going to count on anything.

“But if it all works out tomorrow night will be fun – it would be a pretty amazing feat. It”s history.”

McIlroy”s girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, the tennis world No 1, turned up to watch on the back nine and saw the 22-year-old come home in a four under 32 with birdies at the 11th, 12th, 16th and 18th.

Sitting down on the job: Alvaro Quiros leads the way in Dubai

Sitting down on the job: Alvaro Quiros leads the way in Dubai

But the damage came earlier. He drove into sand on the third, then ran up a double bogey seven at the long seventh after hooking into an unplayable lie in a bush with a five-wood second and then leaving his chip short of the green.

Because of his health he is expected to pull out of next week”s event in Thailand and head home to try to regain full fitness as quickly as he can.

“I”m tired. I”m very tired,” he said.

“But I don”t want to say that”s the cause of playing the way I did on the front nine because I came back.

“I”m not 100 per cent, but that should not stop me. I was trying to stay patient and hit good shots, but I just couldn”t do it.

“Luke has played well all year and I expect him to have another solid round. I don”t think he”s been given enough credit for the golf he”s played, but from within the golfing family I am sure he will receive a lot of plaudits.”

Quiros eagled the seventh from eight feet and had four birdies, but there were also four bogeys on his card.

His closest overnight challenger, Swede Peter Hanson, managed only a 71 and Lawrie seized the chance to be in the final group on the final day of the final event when he played the last six holes in five under.

The closing eagle followed birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th.