The Dubai Desert Classic lived up to its top billing as World Number One Tiger Woods beat the defending champion Ernie Els in a sudden-death play-off after a classic final day duel over the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club.
The two giants in world golf finished the regulation 72 holes tied on 19 under par 269 before Woods captured the title for the first time in three attempts at the first extra hole.
As the drama unfolded, any one of half a dozen players could have lifted the title but in the end it was the greatest player of a generation who claimed the title and the €329,760 first prize.
Dane Anders Hansen put up a brave fight but the putts refused to drop and his challenge came up just short as he closed with a 71 to finish on 17 under par 271, a score matched by Spain’s Miguel Angel Jiménez after a 69. Double US Open Champion Retief Goosen was also in the hunt throughout but the leaders remained out of reach as he closed with a 71 to finish a shot further back.
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