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Tough day for G-Mac as Tiger's struggles continue

By Phil Casey

Graeme McDowell could only add a 75 to his opening 66 to finish one shot inside the cut on three under at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Ulsterman McDowell, the 2010 US Open champion, has dropped to 89th in the world rankings and as it stands is not in the fields for either the WGC World Match Play in March or the Masters a month later.

Two immediate birdies moved the 37-year-old to a share of the lead but six bogeys in windy conditions saw him lose ground.

A record nine players share the lead heading into the third round, with the entire field separated by just six shots.

Overnight leader Bradley Dredge could only add a 72 to his opening 64 and was joined on eight under par by Andy Sullivan, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Nacho Elvira, Jorge Campillo, Thomas Aiken, Jaco van Zyl, Wang Jeunghun and Mikko Korhonen.

The previous record for the most players tied for the halfway lead on the European Tour was eight in the Scandinavian Masters in 1997.

Sullivan started his round from the 10th with 10 straight pars before four birdies in the last eight holes gave the Ryder Cup star a second consecutive flawless 68.

"It was a frustrating start to the day," Sullivan said. "All in all I'm reasonably happy, I just feel going into the weekend I need to improve on the par-five scoring."

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods continued to struggle at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. The 14-time Major champion remains on four over par in his first full PGA Tour event for almost 18 months. England's Justin Rose was leading the charge on nine under par during the second round.

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