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Woods, McIlroy shoot 75s, miss cut at Abu Dhabi

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 9:41 am •  Published: January 18, 2013
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McFee said Woods didn't challenge him on the ruling. It came to light when a spectator alerted the European Tour to the infraction, he said. After the drop, a reporter heard some spectators questioning whether the drop was appropriate.

"An embedded ball relief is through the green but in ground other than sand," McFee said. "I talked to him when he came off the 11th tee because I couldn't be sure about a two-stroke penalty until we got into the recording area."

Woods said it was frustrating to bow out of a tournament in this way, especially after he recovered from four bogeys on his first five holes — the fifth subsequently becoming a triple. He birdied five of the last 11 holes including three in a row in the back nine.

"It's tough because I didn't get off to a very good start. I fought and got it back," Woods said. "I was right there and felt if I could post even par I had the chance to go into the weekend only eight back. Evidently it wasn't enough."

McIlroy posted a second straight 75 for a 6-over total of 150. Even a switch to his old putter for the second round didn't help. He putted poorly, flubbed several chips and drove erratically.

McIlroy carded three bogeys on his first seven holes to all but eliminate himself from the weekend. He had a string of birdies at the turn — including a chip-in on 9 — but wasted that with a bogey on 10 and another on 14.

"I didn't putt well again, so they were the two areas of the game; nothing was really on today," he said. "One of those things. I've got a few weeks off to work at it and try and get my game in decent shape for the U.S."

"It's very disappointing. You really want to get off to a nice start at the start of the season, but I've got to realize that it is only the start of the season and there's a lot of golf left. I said to the guys yesterday on the way back, as long as I feel like my game is in good shape heading into Augusta, that's all I'm worried about."

Rose started slowly but finished with a flurry. He had three of his four birdies on the back nine including on his 18th when his approach shot came within a few feet of the pin. Second at the Dubai World Championship last month, Rose said he was confident.

"There's a difference in how I feel about my game and how I trust my game, absolutely. I believe that any tournament I tee up in, I can win," Rose said.

Robert Rock, the defending champion from England, withdrew before the round because of illness.