Desert drought for Woods


The much-anticipated matchup of the world's Nos. 1, 2 and 3 has turned into a two-man race early at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Tiger Woods, ranked third in the world, bogeyed two of his first four holes to turn at 2 over. Although he rallied with back-to-back birdies to start his second nine, he still trails world No. 1 Lee Westwood and No. 2 Martin Kaymer by four strokes in the European Tour event.

Woods can overtake Kaymer in the ranking with a solid week, but following a double bogey at the par-4 12th, that isn’t looking likely.