February 12, 2011 by staff
Dubai Golf, (AP) - Tiger Woods (FSY) overcame a poor start in windy conditions to shoot a par 72, one shot behind leader Rory McIlroy (FSY) and two entering the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic. The days of dust in the desert, Woods has shown an incredible ability to rally repeatedly. He finished with a total of 7-under 209, behind second-round leader McIlroy (75), Denmark’s Anders Hansen (FSY) (71) and South Africa’s Thomas Aiken (FSY) (74).
Woods should not even be in contention going into Sunday. But the difficult conditions took their toll on most of the top players, with McIlroy finished at 3 over and Sergio Garcia (FSY) – who was eight strokes ahead of Woods after nine holes – ending through 3 and tied with Woods and five other players.
In a series uneven, Woods had an eagle, four birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.
“The fact I was able to battle of 4-over par and put me with a chance of going into tomorrow, I’m proud of that,” Woods said. “I hope I can ‘t press it. ”
Woods started poorly with bogeys on the first two holes, mostly from readers who would stray much left of the fairway. He fired a shot back with a birdie on the third. But he bogeyed the eighth and ended up with a double bogey on the ninth after his approach shot was taken in the wind, fell just short of the green and rolled into the water.
At first, Woods has shown some resilience of its brand. He responded with an eagle on the 10th, chipping in from 35 feet. He continued with a birdie that seemed to settle. But after running several pars, put his troubles returned with a bogey on No. 16 – “. Come on Tiger Woods incentive to pay before finishing with
The former top-ranked player on all stops pulled out of 17, riding on the back edge of the green on the 359-yard hole. But his chip past the hole and had he missed easy birdie.
He played cautiously on the 18th, by choosing to put in place rather than drive the green. It paid off when he managed to loop over a putt from 30 feet, causing a hand pump in the gallery applauded.
Woods is seeking his first victory in over a year. He won in Dubai in 2006 and 2008.
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