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Added February 10th, 2011 by Chalk

Tiger Six Back of Leader McIlroy After First Round in Dubai
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While the focus was on the intriguing threeball of the world’s top three golfers, Rory McIlroy stormed out to an early lead with a first round seven-under 65 at the Dubai Desert Classic, where McIlroy got his first and so far only European Tour win in 2009. Tiger Woods needed an eagle on the final hole just to break par, finishing with a 1-under 71, tying him for 27th, six shots behind McIlroy.

Sergio Garcia of Spain and Thomas Aiken of South Africa came closest to McIlroy on Thursday, sharing second place at 5-under 67, two shots back of McIlroy. But the main focus of the day was World No. 3 Tiger Woods playing in the same group with the two golfers who’ve recently passed him in the world rankings, No. 1 Lee Westwood of England and No. 2 Martin Kaymer of Germany.

Tiger got off to a bad start with a bogey on No. 1, a par 4. Westwood and Kaymer moved two shots up on Tiger with birdies on No. 3, a par 5. Tiger fell three shots behind with a bogey on No. 4, a par 3, then got a shot back with a birdie on No. 6, a par 4. On No. 7, a par 3, Tiger put his tee shot into a lake and fell back to 2-over with another bogey, while Kaymer moved to 2-under with a birdie. The German then birdied the next hole, a par 4, to go to 3-under, two shots ahead of Westwood. Then, on No. 9, a par 4, Kaymer made double bogey while Westwood birdied, giving the Englishman a one-shot lead at 2-under at the midway point.

Tiger started the back nine well, birdieing both No. 10, a par 5, and No. 11, a par 3, to get back to even par. At No. 12, a par 4, Tiger gave it back with a double bogey, while Kaymer made birdie to move into a tie with Westwood at 2-under, four shots up on Tiger. All three golfers in the group birdied the next hole, a par-5. Kaymer fell a shot behind Westwood with a bogey on No. 15, a par 3. Then Westwood birdied the next hole, a par 4, to go two shots ahead of the German No. 2. Kaymer fought back with a birdie on No. 17, a par 4. Then on No. 18, a 564-yard par 5, Tiger put his second shot within five feet of the hole and made eagle to get back under par. Kaymer made par while Westwood bogeyed the last, leaving the top two golfers in the world rankings tied at 3-under, tied for 10th and four shots behind McIlroy.

 
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