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Holmes up to 62nd as Tiger pulls further away

World number one Tiger Woods matched his opening round 65 in the final round at Emirates Golf Club to win the Dubai Desert Classic for a second time. Nine birdies in the round including six on the back nine were enough for a single stroke win over Martin Kaymer who finished birdie, birdie, eagle for a 66.

Ernie Els found water on the 18th as he faced a birdie to tie, slipping to tied third with Louis Oosthuizen, but nevertheless climbs back into the world no. 4 spot ahead of Adam Scott.

Woods now leads world no. 2 Phil Mickelson by 11.25 average points, having played two and won two in 2008. It was also his fifth straight victory, and his eighth win out of his last nine starts.

Lee Westwood's tie for 10th continued his climb up the ranking, moving one higher to no. 18.

On the PGA Tour J.B. Holmes birdied the 72nd hole in regulation to tie, then birdied the first playoff hole to beat world number two Phil Mickelson at the FBR Open at TPC Scottsdale.

Holmes, who had secured his debut PGA Tour win at this same event in his rookie season of 2006, climbs to World Number 62, an improvement of 135 positions. Mickelson increases the gap between him and world no. 3 Steve Stricker, to 2.71 average points.

This week's other winners were Mark Cayeux from Zimbabwe who won the Nashua Masters on the Sunshine Tour to move to world no. 303, and Australian Jarrod Lyle who won the Mexican Open on the Nationwide Tour and moves to world no. 248.

February 4 , 2008


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