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Hero Dubai Desert Classic flashback: Tiger Woods wins title for second time after closing 65

The Hero Dubai Desert Classic has witnessed some memorable moments in its 33-year history on the DP World Tour, with many of the world’s greatest golfers celebrating success.

Ahead of the iconic tournament – now in its second edition as part of the Rolex Series – returning to the Emirates Golf Club this week, we look back on Tiger Woods’ remarkable final round performance to win the title for a second time in 2008. 

The American, who defeated Ernie Els in a play-off to deny the South African a fourth Dubai crown two years earlier, opened the week with a seven under par 65 to hold a two-shot lead at the Majlis Course. 

His lead was cut to just one shot after a 71 in the second round, before a 73 saw him head into the final round trailing by four strokes from overnight leader Els.

Despite a fast start to his final round, with three birdies in his opening four holes, Woods still trailed by four shots at the turn.

The then World Number One produced a sensational back nine of six under par 31, including birdies at five of the final seven holes, to set the target at 14 under par with a 65 and lift the title by one shot from Martin Kaymer.

Victory was secured courtesy of a brilliant downhill birdie putt from around 25 feet on the 72nd hole, with his fist-pump celebration still well remembered to this day.

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Watch the video above to relive Woods’ second triumph at the Dubai Desert Classic in 2008…

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