Woods tied for second in Dubai

Two shots into the water cost Tiger Woods the lead at the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
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Two shots into the water cost Tiger Woods the lead at the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday. He tied for third with Nick Dougherty (66) and first-round co-leader Richard Green (69). They trail the leaders by two shots at 11-under. Defending champion Ernie Els was three shots off the leaders with a 66. He made his 70th straight cut on the European tour, breaking Bernhard Langer's record of 69. Danish journeyman Anders Hansen made nine birdies for a 9-under 63. Bad hit Woods' round collapsed on his ninth hole - the 547-yard 18th - with a water ball and a bogey. His drive found a hazard down the right side. The ball rested against TV cables, near a stoney bank surrounding a pond. He was allowed to move the cables, but then sliced a low iron into the water protecting the front of the green. Taking a penalty, he hit his fourth shot to 7 feet - but missed the putt to save par. "I didn't have a very good lie, and I was marginal whether I should go for it or not," Woods said. "I was just trying to hit the ball somewhere to the left of the hole and it just squirted off to the right and fell in a little nosedive". The second nine was up and down - four birdies to go with a double bogey. He found water again on the par-3 No. 4, dropping his tee shot into a pond to the right of the green. This time, he made double bogey after failing to drop a 2-foot putt. He added a bogey on No. 6 before closing with three pars. Season debut Retief Goosen made his season debut at the Dubai after a six-week break. He celebrated his 39th birthday with a 5-under 67 to share the second-round lead at 13-under 131. He tied for the lead on the final hole, dropping a twisting 20-foot birdie putt after his 3-iron to the green barely cleared water at the front. "There was about a yard-and-a-half break on the putt, so it was nice to roll that one in," Goosen said. He added that he had been on the lucky side. (AP)