Woods, Els fall short of Stenson 

February, 4, 2007
Australian Open champion Roger Federer was on hand to watch new buddy Tiger Woods at the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday, but the latter didn't do anything to further his argument in the "Who is more dominant?" debate that reached a peak after both players' victories last week.

Woods entered the final round three strokes off the pace, but shot a 3-under 69 that left him two shots behind champion Henrik Stenson in a share of third place -- unbelievably, his first result outside of the top two worldwide since missing the cut at last year's U.S. Open.

For Tiger, it all went wrong after the turn. On the par-5 10th hole, he fatted his second shot from the rough, leaving it well short of the hole, then pitched on and three-putted for bogey. On 11, he left an approach just next to a greenside bunker, but an ill-advised chunked chip landed on the fringe and shockingly rolled back into the trap. We've seen a few shots from Woods recently that don't look like the stuff of a 12-time major champion -- the topped 5-wood from the fairway bunker on 18 in the second round of last week's Buick Invitational; the putt off the green and into the creek on 13 at the '05 Masters -- and this was among the worst of 'em, as it resulted in bogey.

Jason Sobel | email

ESPN Senior Writer