Tiger Woods eagled the last hole in Dubai to keep pace with the other high-profile members of his three-ball and finish his opening round at 1 under, two shots behind world No. 1 Lee Westwood and No. 2 Martin Kaymer.
Woods’ finish capped what was otherwise a pedestrian round, giving the world No. 3 a glimmer of hope, at least statistically. His eagle at the par-5 finishing hole at Emirates Golf Club was his competitive first in 2011.
In fact, Woods’ lack of eagles has defined his current victory drought. Last season, the first year as a professional he failed to win, Woods ranked 63rd in eagles per hole compared to second and first in 2006 and ’08, respectively.
To put it in context, Woods was making an eagle every 72 holes in ’00 and every 78 holes in ’06, currently considered the benchmark years of a Hall of Fame career, compared to an eagle every 202 holes last year.