Tiger Woods plays better, still finishes T41 in Dubai

Tiger Woods had a few reasons to smile on Sunday in Dubai. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods had a few reasons to smile on Sunday in Dubai. (Getty Images)

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Good news: Tiger Woods birdied three straight holes!

Bad news: They were his last three of the tournament and he finished 10 off the pace at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Tiger shot a final-round 1-under 71 which was a fine score on Sunday but left him T41 for a tournament that didn't roll super deep according to Tiger Woods' standards.

According to Jamie Kennedy it's the first time in Woods' 18-year career that he's failed to post a top 20 finish in either of his first two events.

In addition to that Golf Channel pointed out in its broadcast that Woods has actually won nine times in one of his first two events to start a year.

Nonetheless Woods was encouraged by his finish in Dubai.

"Unfortunately I turned it around too late," said Woods to Golf Channel. "I piped it all day. My iron game was not as sharp as I’d like, and I didn’t make anything. I had seven lip-outs today. That’s quite a few."

It really is. Woods ended the week 30th in putts per round which isn't the formula he (or anyone) uses to win golf tournaments.

"The long game was certainly frustrating last week, and we got that figured out. I hit so many good putts and just kept lipping everything out," he said. "My speed was just a fraction off and the grain would snag it, or it would blow right through."

Woods will go to India on Monday for a corporate event and likely won't play again until the Honda Classic at the end of February.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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