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SYDNEY---Adam Scott held a
two-shot advantage over Rory
McIlroy as the tournament s star
players moved to the top of the
Australian Open leaderboard at
Royal Sydney yesterday.
Scott shot 2-under-par 70 for
a two-round total of 12-under 132.
McIlroy, playing in the morning
and avoiding the rain and storms
that later hit the course, had a 65.
Scott and McIlroy will play
together today in the third round.
"It was always going to be a day
where you just had to hang on,"
Scott said of the tough conditions.
"He (McIlroy) is one of the best
players in the world so I m going
to have to bring my best game."
Australian Richard Green shot
66 and was three strokes behind
Scott, who is trying to add the
Australian Open to his Australian
PGA and Australian Masters titles
to become the second player after
Robert Allenby in 2005 to capture
the Triple Crown of Australian
McIlroy felt lucky to have
escaped the worsening conditions.
"The weather wasn t as bad as
we thought it was going to be and
the wind didn t pick up," he said.
"So I knew we could take advan-
tage of that, and the greens were
a little bit softer as well."
Defending champion Peter Sen-
ior had an 81 Friday and did not
make the cut.
Kevin Streelman, who played
with Matt Kuchar in the American
team at last week s World Cup,
retired on the fourth hole due to
an eye infection. Playing for the
first time in Australia, he was later
taken to hospital for treatment.
Streelman, playing with Scott
and Jason Day, shot 70 in the
opening round Thursday and
began Friday s round with a birdie.
But as his eye condition wors-
ened, he had a five on the par-3
third and a bogey on the par-4
fourth before deciding to retire.
"It s pretty rough right now but
we ll see what we can do," Streel-
man said. "The doctor said it was
pretty badly infected.
"I ve been trying to do some
drops but I started getting dizzy
and it s the first time I ve ever
(withdrawn) at a tournament ...
I m really sad to do it."
Streelman won the PGA Tour s
Tampa Bay Championship in
March and finished second with
Kuchar behind Day and Scott in
the team event at the World Cup
at Royal Melbourne. (AP)
MALELANE---Charl Schwartzel and
Morten Orum Madsen shared the lead
after two rounds at the Alfred Dunhill
Championship in South Africa yes-
terday and will square off again at the
back end of a tournament.
Schwartzel lost out to Madsen s late
surge in the European Tour s season-
opening South African Open last week-
end, but the Alfred Dunhill defending
champion shot a second straight 68 at
Leopard Creek to draw level with the
Dane on eight-under 136 at the halfway
Madsen added a 71 to his opening-
round 65 to stay on course for a second
title in seven days to extend his early
lead on the new Race to Dubai.
They lead by a shot from England s
Ross Fisher and another Dane, Soren
Hansen, who both returned impressive
John Daly missed the cut in his sec-
ond tournament back from elbow sur-
gery after a 75 took him to 3 over par
for the tournament.
Schwartzel joined Madsen at the top
of the leaderboard with four birdies
and no bogeys in his second round.
The South African won here by 12 shots
last year for his only European Tour
victory since his triumph at the 2011
Having denied Schwartzel in Johan-
nesburg on Sunday for a maiden tour
title, Madsen had a tougher time on
the second day in northern South Africa
with two bogeys and two double bogeys.
At one point, he dropped four shots in
three holes but also carded an eagle
and five birdies to go 1 under on the
Fisher climbed into contention after
four birdies and an eagle in his opening
nine, and Hansen had eight birdies
Daly, who had surgery on a damaged
right elbow tendon in July, started with
three bogeys in his opening nine on
Friday, then finished with bogey and
double bogey to miss out on the second
half of the Alfred Dunhill.
South Africa s Hennie Otto, who sits
second behind Madsen in the Race to
Dubai, was tied for 12th, four off the
Schwartzel, Madsen share
top spot at Alfred Dunhill
Scott holds 2nd-round
lead at Australian Open
ENSTONE---Lotus hired Pastor Mal-
donado yesterday to replace Kimi
Raikkonen at the Formula One team
for the 2014 season.
The Venezuelan driver leaves
Williams after three years and will part-
ner Romain Grosjean, who stays on at
the English-based team for a third sea-
son. Raikkonen has joined Ferrari for
Maldonado won just one point this
season for Williams, but thinks Lotus
will give him a better chance of fighting
higher up on the grid.
"It s no secret that I have wanted
a change of scene to help push on
with my Formula One career, and
Lotus F1 Team offered the very best
opportunity for me to be competitive
next season," Maldonado said. "The
regulations and cars will change sig-
nificantly so it is a very good time for
a fresh start. I can t wait to be racing
in black and gold."
Lotus finished fourth in the con-
structors championship, helped by
Grosjean s four podium finishes in five
races before a blowout in the season-
ending race in Brazil.
"It is clear that Pastor has pace and
potential," Lotus team principal Eric
Boullier said. "And we are convinced
that we will be able to provide the cor-
rect environment to enable him to
flourish regularly on track.
"With Romain and Pastor I believe
Lotus F1 Team will be able to cause
quite a few surprises next year." (AP)
Pastor Maldonado joins
Grosjean at Lotus for 2014
Adam Scott of Australia tees
off on the second hole during
the second round of the
Australian Open golf
tournament in Sydney,
Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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