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Unfamiliar territory for Woods

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Much was made of the uber-threesome of Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Tiger Woods, the world Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively. And, from whatever can be gleaned from 36 holes, Woods certainly held his own thanks to his second-round 65 at the Dubai Desert Classic.

According to one particularly dogged Golf Channel researcher it was the first time Woods has played with two players ranked higher than him since the 1996 Texas Open when then-75th-ranked Woods was paired with Nos. 41 David Frost and 71 John Huston.

Things get back to normal on Saturday when Woods will be paired with No. 70 Anders Hansen.