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McGrane leads as Els rallies in Delhi

NEW DELHI, India — Northern Ireland’s Damien McGrane continued his fine recent form with a two-under-par 69 to take a two-shot lead at the Indian Masters on Friday while tournament favorite Ernie Els battled back to make the halfway cut.

McGrane shot to prominence at the Dubai Desert Classic where he was paired with Tiger Woods for the final two days and he has clearly been inspired by the experience.

It is nice to know I played with the best in the world and survived. Once you have played with the best, everything else is second or third best. Tiger has moved on and so have I, that’s the way golf is, said the 36-year-old who is on 138 — eight-under-par.

Graeme McDowell, who finished fifth behind Tiger Woods in Dubai on Sunday, shares second place with South Africa’s Hendrik Buhrmann and Raphael Jacquelin of France.

Els, who blew his chance to win in Dubai by bogeying the final hole, battled to a second round 70 to leave him nine behind McGrane but inside the qualification mark.

The South African saw his hopes in the tournament recede in the first round with a quadruple bogey nine on the par-five 18th, but he fared better on the second day with a birdie on the same hole.

Former Ryder Cup star Thomas Bjorn remains in the hunt at four-under while U.S. veteran Mark O’Meara slipped back with a 73 to be two-under.

First day leader Jyoti Randhawa slumped to a six-over-par 77 on a cold and testing day at the $2.5 million tournament which is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours.

Players failing to make the cut included England’s David Howell, and India’s top player, Jeev Milkha Singh, who had a pair of 77s. E-mail to a friend

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February 8, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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