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Tiger Woods misses cut in Abu Dhabi after penalty, joins Rory McIlroy in early exit

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    Tiger Woods from the U.S. tees off on the 6th hole during the second round of Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)The Associated Press

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    Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland reacts on the 7th hole during the second round of Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)The Associated Press

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    Tiger Woods from the U.S. plays a bunker shot on the 7th hole during the second round of Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)The Associated Press

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    Justin Rose of England reacts after he missed a putt on the 10th hole during the second round of Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)The Associated Press

Tiger Woods has missed the cut at the Abu Dhabi Championship after being penalized two shots for wrongly thinking he had a free drop after his ball became entangled in weeds.

Woods thought he had just made the cut by finishing his second round at 1-over 73. But he was advised by the European Tour chief referee of the penalty, giving him a 75 and 3-over total of 147. The cut for the top 65 plus ties is projected at 2 over.

Also missing the cut with a 75 was Rory McIlroy, who struggled for a second day with his new Nike clubs and posted a 6-over total of 150. Even a switch to his old putter in the round didn't help McIlroy.