Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship: Tiger Woods Looking Strong for the Weekend

James EvensCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2012

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 27:  Tiger Woods of the USA during the second round of Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 27, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods continued his strong play early this morning in what was an exciting show put on by one of the best in the world. 

Woods fired a 69 in the second round, which now puts him at five under for the tournament and tied with Rory McIlroy, just two shots off the lead. 

Although still trailing leader Thorbjørn Olesen by two strokes, Tiger has proven that from this position he will be nearly unstoppable going into the weekend.

With Woods still hitting the ball extremely well, it could be his tournament. 

One thing that should really help Tiger is how he finished in his second round. After starting off somewhat slow, Tiger figured out a way to put three birdies on the card, finishing his round strong.

After a bogey-free round the first day and a problem putting, Woods seemed to get the putting under-control carding five birdies for the day, but still had two bogeys to set him off the lead. 

After the round, Woods told ESPN:

I thought I played well today; I hit the ball just as well as I did yesterday and made a couple more putts today, which is nice, but the golf course is playing difficult. It's starting to speed up a little bit and the greens were quicker, drier, and it was tough.

No one is going low. Everyone's pretty bunched and I think we have a majority of the field within nine shots of the lead.

Overall, Woods looks like he might have what it takes to take this field, but it's still a toss up. With McIlroy playing well, it's going to be interesting to see if these two have a duel for the ages that might just signify the changing of the guard.