With the final round at Doral turned into a two-man battle, golf fans saw two different players than might have shown up in recent months.
Ernie Els, so often a victim to Tiger Woods in recent years, withstood a Sunday charge this time and walked off with his first PGA Tour title in 18 months. Woods, on the other hand, ran out of steam when it mattered most.
Six times Els has found his name just below Woods on a PGA Tour leaderboard come Sunday night. He didn't allow that to happen this time. Even though he didn't play well on Sunday, that might boost his confidence even more, leaving Miami with the knowledge it didn't take his "A" game to take out Woods.
Of course, an eight-stroke lead is a great help in that fashion. Even though the scorecard says 72, Els knows he didn't buckle down the stretch, making a birdie at No. 12 and six consecutive pars to finish things off.
Woods, on the other hand, has developed a reputation over the years to run down players on Sunday and never let off the gas pedal. This time, however, he had nothing left in the tank over the final six holes. And though his driving and irons were as good as he's shown this year, it was the putter that let him down down the stretch.
One other player worth mentioning is Fred Funk, who made a crucial par on the 18th hole to finish at 72 and extend his streak of consecutive rounds at par or better to 38. That's a streak that goes all the way back to the National Car Rental Classic last October.
ESPN.com golf editor