Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, presenting the winner's trophy to Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara

Tiger Woods made a winning start to his 2011 campaign in Dubai, pairing up with partner Mark O’Meara to win the 9-hole Omega Dubai Desert Classic Challenge Match at the Emirates Golf Club.

The pair birdied the last hole to post four-under-par 23 on the short 9-hole, par-27 course. They finished two shots ahead of the pairing of Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez, while  Jeev Milkha Singh and partner Seung Yul Noh finished a further shot back, taking third.
The six marquee players played the nine-hole tournament in the greensomes format in which both players hit their tee shots and then select the best-positioned ball. Thereafter, they hit alternate shots with the same ball until the hole is completed. The par-27 course measures 1,239 yards from blue tees; with the longest hole (the third) measuring 194-yards while the shortest hole (the fourth) measures 96 yards.

(Editor’s note: those of you following the Presidents Cup / Australian Open / IMG drama unfolding in Australia, take note of this tournament, as there is every likelihood that the rumoured “rebel” tournament in November could very easily play out like this one.)

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