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As Woods slides, Quiros rolls

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The flashes of brilliance at the Dubai Desert Classic didn't blind Tiger Woods to the signs his swing remains a work in progress.

Even so, Woods has no doubt about his future after stumbling in the final round Sunday, shooting 3-over 75 and tying for 20th at 4-under 284, seven shots behind winner Alvaro Quiros.

"I feel like I can still win golf tournaments," said Woods, who has been working with coach Sean Foley. "I'm not that old. I've still got some years ahead of me."

Quiros rode a wild round that included a hole-in-one and triple bogey to 68 and finished at 11-under 277, one ahead of Anders Hansen (70) and James Kingston (67). Rory McIlroy (74) entered the round tied with Hansen for the lead but finished five back.

Quiros struck early with eagle on No. 2 and two birdies on the next three holes to take a three-shot lead. But he fell into a tie with Hansen and several others at 8 under when he had triple bogey on the eighth hole.

The Spaniard made birdie on nine then a hole-in-one on the 11th, hitting a wedge 145 yards that hit the green and rolled into the cup to give him the lead.

Then Quiros outlasted Hansen on the back nine.

"It was incredible for you guys … but for me it was a difficult situation," Quiros said of his fifth European Tour victory.

Meanwhile, Woods started the final round a shot back but opened with two bogeys on his first three holes. He made birdies on Nos. 6 and 11 but followed that with bogeys on Nos. 12 and 14 then double bogey on the last.

The No. 3-ranked Woods, who won in Dubai in 2006 and 2008, has gone 16 tournaments without a victory — his last at the Australian Masters in November 2009.

"There were quite a few positives this week," he said, "but a couple of glaring examples of what I need to work on."

With sidekick Murray, Points earns first win

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — D.A. Points won for the first time on the PGA Tour and wasn't even the biggest star at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Points grew up idolizing comedian Bill Murray. To have him as an amateur partner made this week great before it even started.

Then came Sunday, when Points holed out from 100 yards for eagle on No. 14 to take the lead. That carried him to 5-under 67 and a two-shot victory at 15-under 271. And the duo won the pro-am title, a first for Murray, who now gets his name on the wall below the first tee.

"It's a dream come true," said Points, who had 128 starts on tour. "To win on the PGA Tour, and especially at Pebble Beach, and especially with Bill Murray … I don't think I could dream this up."

Hunter Mahan (66) twice was tied for the lead on the back nine but wound up alone in second.

Match Play Championship: After missing last year's event, fourth-ranked Phil Mickelson said he will compete in the 64-man field beginning Feb. 23 in Tucson, Ariz.

Champions: Tom Lehman birdied No. 18 to shoot 3-under 69 and finish at 13-under 203, breaking a tie with Jeff Sluman (67) and Rod Spittle (70) to win the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton.

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