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Woods falls short in Dubai with 3-over final round

Posted: 13 Feb 2011 08:18 AM PST

DUBAI: Tiger Woods stumbled in a bid for his first victory in 15 months Sunday, leaving Alvaro Quiros to win the Dubai Desert Classic with a wild round that included a hole-in-one and triple bogey.

The 70th-ranked Quiros shot a 68 to finish at 11-under 277, one stroke ahead of Anders Hansen (70) and James Kingston (67).

Woods had a 75 to end tied for 20th at 4-under 284.

"There were quite a few positives this week but a couple of glaring examples of what I need to work on," Woods said.

He entered the day one stroke off the lead, but started poorly with bogeys on Holes 2 and 3 due to bad putting and chipping. He managed to claw a shot back when his approach on the sixth ended up a few feet from the pin. However, Woods alternated two birdies with two bogeys on the back nine and then double bogeyed the 18th.

"All my old feels (for the clubs) are out the window when the winds blow," he said.

"That's the thing when you are making change. It's fine when the wind is not blowing. But when you have to hit a shot when the wind blows ... the new swing patterns get exposed."

Woods, who won in Dubai in 2006 and 2008, is now in the longest victory drought of his career. His last victory came at the Australian Masters in November 2009.

Quiros eagled the second hole to move into the lead before a triple bogey on No. 8 left him tied with Hansen. The Dane briefly took the lead with an eagle on No. 13, but bogeyed the 15th.

Quiros had a birdie on No. 9 and then a hole-in-one on No. 11 to move back in front. He fell back with a bogey on the 14th, but retook the lead for good with a birdie on No. 16.

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French Open to stay at Roland Garros

Posted: 13 Feb 2011 04:20 AM PST

PARIS (AP) - The French Tennis Federation voted to keep the French Open at its traditional Roland Garros venue and renovate the existing site, rather than move it elsewhere.

Three other projects were bidding to host the clay-court Grand Slam tournament by 2016.

The proposed new venues at Versailles, close to the hugely popular Versailles palace, and in the suburbs at Gonesse and Marne-La-Vallee were considerably more costly because they would have required building from scratch.

The FFT said in a statement on Sunday that it had chosen the option of renovating Roland Garros, located in western Paris for more than 80 years, without immediately giving the reasons for the decision.

Roland Garros is the smallest of the four Grand Slam venues that also includes the Australian Open at Melbourne, the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows in New York, and London's traditional grass-court event at Wimbledon.

Fans and players have regularly complained about the congestion at Roland Garros because of its narrow walkways and the stiflingly limited size of the complex.

Among the renovation options are building a retractable roof over the center court (Philippe Chatrier), and a new adjacent stadium with a capacity of 8,000 to help ease congestion and increase the number of courts available.

Renovation costs have been estimated at around 250 million ($339 million) while the three other potential venues carry an estimated price tag of between 470 million and 800 million.

Local residents, wildlife enthusiasts and municipal authorities in Paris' leafy western hub have all previously voiced their anger at the plans to refurbish Roland Garros.

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