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Woods finishes down the field in Dubai curtain-raiser

DUBAI (Reuters) - World number one Tiger Woods double-bogeyed the final hole to finish down the field in the $600,000 Champions Challenge on Tuesday, the curtain-raiser to this week's Dubai Desert Classic. The 14-times major winner, who missed the third-round cut at last week's Farmers Insurance Open in California, carded a one-under 71 at the Emirates Golf Club to trail joint winners Henrik Stenson of Sweden and Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello by five strokes.

Golf: Dubai Desert Classic turns 25 in style

The Dubai Desert Classic celebrates its 25th anniversary this week with another flourish - in keeping with a tournament that blazed a trail for European Golf and indelibly marked sport in the Gulf region. A quarter of a century ago in 1989, Dubai was little more than a sleepy United Arab Emirates (UAE) trading post with a couple of high-rise buildings and almost no standing or profile in sport.

Golf-Competitive fire will burn until grave, says O'Meara, 55

DUBAI, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Twice major champion Mark O'Meara said his will to win was as strong as ever after the 55-year-old American announced he would compete at this month's Dubai Desert Classic. O'Meara beat close friend and 14-times major winner Tiger Woods in 2004 to lift the Dubai title at the age of 47, becoming the oldest champion of the long-running Middle East event which has been a feature of the European Tour since 1989.

Golf-Rose, Dufner, Olazabal add more stardust to Qatar Masters

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Twice U.S. Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal, Briton Justin Rose and American Jason Dufner will join several other big names at this month's Qatar Masters, organisers said on Tuesday. World number four Rose and ninth-ranked Dufner join former world number one Martin Kaymer and Ryder Cup teammates Sergio Garcia and Paul Lawrie, who announced on Monday they would play in the $2.5 million event.
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