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Northern Ireland golfers finish well in Abu Dhabi

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy posted five birdies in his final round

Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Gareth Maybin all finished in the top five at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

McIlroy was second on 16 under, eight shots behind winner Martin Kaymer, thanks to a closing round of 69 which included five birdies and two bogeys.

Graeme McDowell posted five birdies in a bogey-free 67 to tie for third place with Retief Goosen on 14 under.

Gareth Maybin was equal fifth on 12 under thanks to a final-round 69 which included three birdies and no bogeys.

Damien McGrane ended in six over after a 76 while Paul McGinley and Peter Lawrie both missed the cut.

Padraig Harrington was disqualified after the first round as a result of a ball-marking incident.

McIlroy said he quickly gave up thoughts of challenging Kaymer and played most of the round trying to stave off those chasing behind.

"After the first couple of holes, I was just trying to consolidate second place, that's all you're really playing for," said the Holywood player.

"Martin played great all week and I don't think there was anyone in the world who could have topped him this week."

The runners-up finish sees McIlroy move up to seventh in the world rankings with his compatriot McDowell now fourth on his own.

Kaymer leapfrogs Tiger Woods to move into second in the standings.



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see also
Harrington disqualified for error
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McDowell now fourth in the world
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McDowell misses out after record
10 Jan 11 |  Golf
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06 Jan 11 |  Golf
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31 Dec 10 |  Sport Homepage


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