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Trying day for McIlroy and Woods – but pair pocket $4m windfall

Karl MacGinty in Abu Dhabi

Published 19/01/2013 | 05:00

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Rory McIlroy leaves the 18th green at the end of his match during the second round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

RORY McILROY shelved his new Nike putter and Tiger Woods was also blown out of the tournament after a rules blunder on a shocking day in Abu Dhabi for the world's top two golfers.

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McIlroy and Woods missed the halfway cut at the HSBC Championship after being paid a whopping $4m to play in the oil-rich Emirate – they keep every penny, despite playing just 36 of the 72 holes.

World No 1 McIlroy's mega-million dollar deal to use Nike equipment will not be threatened by an eye-opening decision to put his old Scotty Cameron putter back in the bag for the second round.

Yet inept back-to-back rounds of 75 certainly did little to boost McIlroy's stock or that of his new sponsors.

Spectators who'd cheered a rampant Tiger all the way down the stretch were stunned to learn he, too, had missed the cut when a two-stroke penalty was added to his score at the finish for an obscure rules infringement on the fifth.

Irish Independent

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