February 13, 2011 by staff
Dubai Leaderboard, Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the Dubai Desert Classic, Woods said, “Obviously I still have to pay attention to the short game and my techniques there, all the different shots, as well as the putting stroke…it’s progressing. I’m putting pieces together and working on the same things”.
(CP) – Alvaro Quiros of Spain won the Dubai Desert Classic with a final round Sunday that included a wild hole-in-one triple bogey as Woods ‘attempt to win his first tournament in 15 months’ s is collapsed.
The day the ranking has changed constantly, the 70th largest Quiros shot a 68 to finish with a total of 11-under 277.
Woods is still seeking his first tournament trophy in over a year after falling well short of a final round 3-over 75 and ended tied for 20th with a total of 4-under 284.
Quiros had an eagle on the second hole to take the lead before a triple bogey on the eighth left tied with Anders Hansen of Denmark who briefly took the lead shortly after.
Quiros has responded with a birdie on the ninth, then a hole-in-one on the par-3 No. 11 to go head. He fell back with a bogey on 14 but a birdie on 16 gave him the lead for good.
Hansen briefly took the lead with an eagle on No. 13 but he gave with a bogey on the 15th, ending the round on 2-under 70.
James Kingston of South Africa was also second with a final round 67.
Entering the final round one shot lead, Woods had two bogeys on holes in the early second and third leading cause of poor putting and chipping.
Woods managed to retrieve a ball back when his approach shot on the 6th ended a few meters from the axis. However, Woods, alternating with two birdies two bogeys on the back nine and then double bogeyed the 18th.
“There were some bright spots this week, but a few glaring examples of what I have to work,” Woods said. “It’s like anything. All my old feels (for clubs) are out the window when the wind blows. It’s one thing when you make the change. It’s good when the wind does not blow. But when you have to hit a shot if the wind blows … the reasons for this new swing are exposed “.
Woods, who won in Dubai in 2006 and 2008, is now in the midst of its longest drought without a win. His last victory came at the Australian Masters in November 2009.
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