Kaymer takes Abu Dhabi lead

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ABU DHABI, UAE -- Defending champion Martin Kaymer fired a seven-under 65 Friday to take a three-stroke lead with the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship suspended.

Kaymer, the reigning PGA Championship winner, completed 36 holes at Abu Dhabi Golf Club's National Course at 12-under-par 132.

First-round leader Charl Schwartzel, who won last week, managed a one-under 71. He fell into second place at minus-nine, while U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell (70) is one shot back at eight-under-par 132.

The field, which includes four of the top five players in the world and all four reigning major champions, suffered a blow early Friday when Padraig Harrington was disqualified.

On Thursday, Harrington marked his ball on the seventh green. When he picked up his ball mark, his hand brushed the ball causing it to move. Harrington did not replace the ball, which is a two-stroke penalty.

Since he did not take the penalty, Harrington was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.

"I was aware I hit the ball picking up my coin. I looked down at the time and was pretty sure it had just oscillated and had not moved, so I continued on," Harrington stated. "In slow motion, it's pretty clear the ball has moved three dimples forward and it's come back maybe a dimple and a half.

"I felt I knew the rule at the time. I applied the rule as best I could in the situation, but looking at the video today, it's pretty clear that it a hundred percent looks like the ball has moved forward and not far enough back, and that's the issue at heart."

World No. 1 Lee Westwood struggled to a three-over 75 and will make the cut on the number at even-par 144.

Masters champion Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter are tied for the fourth spot in the world rankings, but that will change. Mickelson carded a two-under 70 to move into a share of 25th at three-under, while Poulter also shot 70, but will miss the cut by a shot at plus-one.

Louis Oosthuizen, the British Open champ, will also have the weekend off. He posted a one-over 73 to end alongside Poulter at one-over-par 145.

Kaymer flew out of the gate with birdies on the first and third. He followed a birdie on No. 5 with birdies at six and seven to move to the top of the leaderboard.

"It was a good start. On the second hole and eighth hole, I also had good birdie chances as well, they were two par-fives, and I didn't even make birdie there," Kaymer explained of his round could have been even better.

The German parred four straight holes from the eighth to the 11th, then birdied Nos. 12 and 14, both for the second straight day, to get to 12-under. He parred the last four holes to end three clear of the field.

"The last three holes were not so nice," Kaymer said of the rainy conditions. "I was surprised about my putting again. A lot of putts went in, including a few long ones, so that made my day."

Schwartzel started on the back nine and had two birdies and two bogeys in his first five holes. He posted birdies on the 18th and second, both par-fives, to get to 10-under.

The South African faltered to three bogeys in a four-hole span from the third to slide to seven-under, but got back within three of the lead with birdies on the seventh and ninth.

David Lynn and Rafa Echenique both shot four-under 68 to join Niclas Fasth (71) in a share of fourth place at seven-under-par 137. Rory McIlroy carded a five-under 67 to climb into a tie for seventh at minus-six. He stands alongside Robert Coles (70), Soren Kjeldsen (69) and Gareth Maybin (67).

NOTES: Kaymer needs a top-seven finish to replace Tiger Woods as the second- ranked player in the world...Three players finished their first rounds earlier Friday...There was a 10-minute delay at the start of the second round because it was still dark...The second round was suspended by darkness with four players left on the course...The third round will start at 1:00 a.m. (et), 10:00 a.m. local time, with players going off the first and 10th tees in threesomes...Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn and newly-minted European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal joining Poulter and Oosthuizen with the weekend off.


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