Sports Outside the Beltway

Tiger Woods rallies to win Dubai Desert Classic

He came from four shots back to earn his second victory of 2008.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Tiger Woods birdied his last two holes Sunday to rally from a four-shot deficit and win the Dubai Desert Classic, starting his season with two victories that looked nothing alike.

One week after winning the Buick Invitational by eight shots, Woods had to birdie five of his last seven holes for a 7-under 65, then wait to see if Ernie Els could catch him.

Needing a birdie on the par-5 18th to force a playoff, Els hit his second shot into the water and made bogey.

“To go 2-for-2, it’s a pretty good start, isn’t it?” Woods said.

This is the third time he has started a season with two straight victories, and it was another sign that the world’s No. 1 player could be headed for a big year.

Two for two is pretty good and yes Tiger could be headed for a big year. Expect the press to start talking about a Tiger slump after two consecutive tournaments without a win. It is part of the Tiger Woods news cycle we’ve become accustomed to over the last 10 years.

No mention is made in the AP article of when Tiger plays next. Will it be The Northern Trust Open aka LA Open at Riviera CC? Tiger has played this tournament most years, but not all. 2007 saw Tiger skip the tournament. He has never won in LA, the closest Tiger to a victory was a playoff loss to Billy Mayfair in 1998. Billy remains the only person to beat Tiger in a playoff, not withstanding that there is a golf fiction book saying Tiger lost a playoff to Ed Fiori in 1996. If Ed was only so lucky.

Related Stories:
Recent Stories:

Comments are Closed


Visitors Since Feb. 4, 2003

All original content copyright 2003-2008 by OTB Media. All rights reserved.