Collective calamity sums up worlds best at Dubai


Tiger Woods wasn’t the only big name squandering chances in the wind Sunday at the Omega Keystone Cop Classic.

The world’s best players were collectively a huge disappointment in Dubai.

A quick re-cap of the cream-of-the-crop calamity:

World No. 1 Lee Westwood was one shot back with four holes to play and finished in a tie for 15th. He lost a ball with a wayward shot in a tree at the 17th hole and wasn’t even close rinsing a long approach in the water at the 18th.

Rory McIlroy had the lead or a share of it after the first, second and third rounds and ended up tying for 10th. Three back with five holes to play, McIlroy bogeyed the 14th, 15th and 16th holes.

Martin Kaymer shot himself out of contention Saturday with a 76.

Sergio Garcia tied for the lead with an early birdie Sunday but stumbled with a triple bogey at the ninth hole.

Woods added to his woes with his unimpressive finish with a chance to win. It isn’t just Woods’ final-round scoring average that’s disappointing in his slump, but where he’s failing on Sundays. Woods’ 75 at the Emirates Golf Club Sunday was his highest score on that course over his 24 rounds there, a course where he’s won twice and never finished worse than T-5. This was after he closed with a 75 at Torrey Pines, his highest final round as a professional on a course where he’s won seven times. Woods’ 73 at Sherwood Country Club in the Chevron World Challenge in December equaled his highest final round there on a course where he’s won four times. His 77 at Firestone Country Club last August was his highest score on a course where he’s won seven times.