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Els eagles 18 for third Dubai win

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Ernie Els eagled the final
hole Sunday to win the Dubai Desert Classic for the third time with
a one-stroke victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez, who had led for
most of the tournament.
Els shot a 4-under-par 68 and finished at 19-under 269 in
capturing his first title of 2005. He also won in Dubai in 1994 and
2002.
"This win is really important for me, as this is my startup to
the Masters in April," Els said.
Jimenez, a five-time winner on the European tour in 2004,
reached the green in two on the par-5 18th but settled for par. The
Spaniard missed a birdie putt from 10 feet and shared second with
Stephen Dodd of Wales, who finished with a 66 for a 270.
Els had been trailing Jimenez and Dodd by one shot on the final
tee. But the South African reached the green in two and made an
18-foot eagle putt.
"The putt on the 18th was just about perfect," Els said. "I
feel sad for Miguel. He is a perfect gentleman and never lost his
composure. But we all play to win and I have lost some in similar
circumstances before."
Jimenez blamed his putting for the loss.
"I played well, hit good shots and the only thing was missing
the putts," he said.
Colin Montgomerie of Scotland shot a bogey-free 69 and followed
at 272. European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam of Wales closed with
a 69 for 282.