Lee ig­nores leader board and scores

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LEE WESTWOOD shot a 3-un­der 69 yes­ter­day to take a two-stroke lead af­ter the sec­ond round of the Dubai World Cham­pi­onship, in­creas­ing his chance of winning the Euro­pean money ti­tle.

The English golfer put him­self in a solid po­si­tion to pick up two big prizes to­day. If he wins the last tour­na­ment of the Euro­pean Tour sea­son, he will re­ceive $1.25 mil­lion in prize money plus a $1.5 mil­lion bonus for winning the Race to Dubai money prize.

North­ern Ire­land’s Rory McIl­roy, the leader of the money race go­ing into the tour­na­ment, also shot a 69. He was one of six play­ers tied for sec­ond place at 7-un­der, two shots be­hind Westwood.

The oth­ers are Ire­land’s Padraig Har­ring­ton, Eng­land’s Ross McGowan, Aus­tralia’s Robert Al­lenby, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Colom­bia’s Camilo Vil­le­gas.

Westwood is con­fi­dent of winning both prizes to­mor­row. “I am as much in con­trol of my game as I have been for a long time,” he said af­ter a round that be­gan with two birdies on the Earth Course.

“I feel very calm and happy with my­self. All parts of my game feel solid and I en­joy times like this. I know that if I play as good as I can play I can win this tour­na­ment.”

Westwood re­vealed that to main­tain his fo­cus he took the ad­vice of his English caddy, Bill Foster, and stopped looking at the leader­board dur­ing his round.

“I have al­ways been a leader­board watcher,” he said. “But this week we de­cided to try some­thing dif­fer­ent. So we are not looking.”

McIl­roy had gone to the top of the leader­board, reach­ing 9-un­der with an ea­gle at the par-5 7th hole as he cov­ered the front nine in 31 shots.

But he slipped backed by miss­ing two putts from in­side three feet to save par on the 14th and 15th greens.

“I feel I am play­ing well enough to give my­self a shot at the ti­tle,” the 20year-old McIl­roy said.

“I am still in a good po­si­tion go­ing into the week­end not to dwell on missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Har­ring­ton, who has won two Bri­tish Open Cham­pi­onships as well as the 2008 US PGA ti­tle, was hold­ing the out­right lead him­self when he reached the par-5 18th. But he found the wa­ter with his sec­ond shot and then, go­ing for the green, put his ball in the stream to the left of the flag.

Har­ring­ton fin­ished with a 69 and dropped back to join the group of play­ers in sec­ond place.

Shortly af­ter that, Westwood sank a 20-foot birdie putt at the same hole to reach 9-un­der for two rounds.

Al­lenby, the Aus­tralian first-round leader, slipped back af­ter mak­ing bo­gey at his first hole and shot a par 72. – AP

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