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After closing 71 in Dubai Tiger Woods says: Hit the ball well but struggled around the greens

Last Updated: 02/02/14 2:42pm

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Tiger Woods during his final round in Dubai

Tiger Woods during his final round in Dubai

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Tiger Woods ended a largely disappointing week in the Middle East by enjoying a late flourish of birdies at the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates.

The world No 1 closed his final round with three successive birdies en route to a one-under-par 71 which left him outside the top-40.

Woods said he was striking the ball well off the tee but struggling with his short game.

The 38-year-old American was contesting only his second tournament of 2014, having missed the 54-hole cut at Torrey Pines in California last week.

Speaking on Sunday in the Gulf, Woods said: "I drove it great today, piped it all day.

"My iron game was not as sharp as I would have liked but then I also had seven lip outs today, so that's quite a few lip outs.

"I'm definitely going to work on my putting. My light putting needs to be better than it has been. I'm hitting my lines, I just don't have the speed right.

"And after making that quick easy fix on my grip the other day, from then on I drove it great.

"But it's been hard chipping off this rye grass as I have been so used to chipping out of Bermuda and that needs a little different technique."

But whatever Woods thought about his week's work, he certainly impressed his playing partner on Sunday Pablo Larrazabal.

The Spaniard, who also closed with a 71, tweeted: "I had a nice day out there. I really enjoyed playing with Tiger Woods. He is a better guy than a golfer."

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