Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

As Woods slides, Quiros rolls 02/13/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 13, 2011 10:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant in 10-inning victory

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh and working eight strong innings overall in a 4-2 10-inning victory over the Pirates.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better as the season goes on, which could make the Rays' decision whether to trade the free-agent-to-be tougher and tougher. He was efficient and effective, rolling through six no-hit innings and eight total.

  3. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Tim Beckham #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) 700011399
  4. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park, Pittsburgh

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Rays sign first-round pick Brendan McKay to record bonus

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — Determining whether top draft pick Brendan McKay will be more productive as a pitcher or a hitter or can handle the demands of doing both professionally will be a long endeavor that could take years.

    Louisville pitcher Brendan McKay  connects for a grand slam home run during the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament against Notre Dame in May in Louisville, Ky. [Timothy D. Easley/ via AP]