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European Tour Article

O'Meara triumphs in Desert Classic

Mark O'Meara, after a victory drought of nearly six years, played a solid final round of 69 to win the Dubai Desert Classic with a 17 under par total of 271, one shot clear of closest rival, Paul McGinley. The pair had been grouped together throughout the tournament and began their domination on day two when the Irishman, McGinley finished with a one shot lead over American, O'Meara.


Mark O'Meara.
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Paul McGinley.
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They shared the lead on 14 under going into the final round but O'Meara's solid play gave him the edge in the end. At the par 5, 18th hole McGinley found the green in two strokes but couldn't quite make the eagle putt he needed to force a playoff. O'Meara missed his birdie putt but par was enough to secure victory.
Third place was shared by David Howell of England and South Africa's Ernie Els a further 3 strokes off the pace. Howell was close behind the leading pair throughout the tournament having put in a 5 under par 67 on the first day. He matched that score on the final day and was joined on the 13 under total of 275 by Ernie Els who put in a late run with a last day score of 65.


David Howell.
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Ernie Els.
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Tiger Woods, with a 4-round total of 276 (70-69-69-68), made it 5 out of 5 top-ten finishes this year by taking a share of fifth place with Brian Davis, Marcel Siem and Thongchai Jaidee who have all also won tournaments already in 2004.
 

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