Europes take Tiger rebounds from relative dross


Stop the presses!

OK, they don’t do that anymore, but expect a makeover in tone in European newspapers and websites after world No. 3 Tiger Woods shot a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 in the second round at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Here's a sampling of takes after No. 1 Lee Westwood (70) and No. 2 Martin Kaymer ( 71) got the best of Woods in the first round:

Lawrence Donegan, The Guardian – The last word on the opening day of the Dubai Desert Classic went to Tiger Woods, who eagled the 18th, but that flash of the genius he once was could not hide the flawed player he has become, nor could it outshine the brilliance of Rory McIlroy.

Derek Lawrenson, the Daily Mail – Was it the best shot we have seen in golf this year, the stroke of genius that turns it all around for Tiger Woods? Or a momentary respite from the relative dross that characterised so much of his scrappy first round in the Dubai Desert Classic yesterday? The basic facts are that Woods was outplayed by the two European heavyweights he had for company as world No 1 Lee Westwood and No 2 Martin Kaymer.

Kevin Garside, The Telegraph – He started with a bogey and finished with an eagle. That was the story of Tiger Woods’ day; bad stuff softened by nuggets of gold. Woods is still capable of wondrous things, but rarely these days over consecutive holes. For that at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic we had to look to Rory McIlroy, who dismantled a tough course with the kind of precise rigour Woods displayed a decade ago. The 21 year-old Ulsterman had his maiden victory at this event two years ago. His 65, which included five consecutive birdies around the turn, left him two clear of Sergio Garcia.

While McIlroy was letting rip with conviction, Woods was dicing the contents of a mind stacked with maddening swing thoughts and technical considerations, which from time to time crowd in on him.

James Corrigan, The Independent – It was a Tiger classic at the Desert Classic and the resulting eagle turned a miserable day into a satisfactory day. Still, his first-round 71 was not enough to earn him anything greater than last place in the European Tour's most prestigious three-ball.