Tiger Woods wins in Dubai, overtaking Ernie Els

mulligan, 03 February 2008, Comments Off on Tiger Woods wins in Dubai, overtaking Ernie Els
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Tiger Woods had an off-day on Saturday, putting himself 4-strokes behind leader Ernie Els. Then, on Sunday, Tiger turned into Tiger again and shot a final round 7-under 65 including birdies on the final 2 holes, to win the Dubai Desert Classic by 1 stroke over Martin Kaymer. That makes it 5 tournament wins in a row dating back to 2007 for Tiger. It also keeps Tiger’s perfect 2008 season intact. Tiger has not lost a tournament this year.

Big Ernie shot a disappointing 71 today, to finish two strokes behind Tiger. Ernie had a chance on 18 to force a playoff with a birdie, but unfortunately he found water after going for the green. Poor Ernie, a victory would have been a major step for his psyche. I’m reminded of this old quote attributed to Tiger Woods in 2006: “Tiger certainly doesn’t hate Ernie — other than some of his former agents, who could hate Ernie? — but, before heading out with Els to play the third round at Hoylake in 2006, Woods turned to somebody on the practice putting green and said coldly, ‘If I can break this big guy’s heart just one more time, maybe he’ll go away and stay away.'”



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