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February 4, 2014 | 11:45 a.m.

Joburg Open: Tee times, first and second rounds

Bill Zimmerman
Charl Schwartzel will seek his third Joburg Open win in the European Tour and Sunshine Tour event's 2014 tournament.
Charl Schwartzel will seek his third Joburg Open win in the European Tour and Sunshine Tour event's 2014 tournament.

Two-time winner Charl Schwartzel headlines this week's Joburg Open, the 2010-11 champion seeking another win in his home country of South Africa in the European Tour's largest field.

Schwartzel will tee off at 10:50 a.m. local time (3:50 a.m. EST) Thursday alongside defending champion Richard Sterne and Danny Willett, and 7:20 a.m. Friday.

Here are more facts and figures about this week's Joburg Open:

WHEN, WHERE: Thursday-Sunday, Royal Johannesburg (South Africa) and Kensington GC's East Course and West Course.

AT STAKE: $278,430 first prize in $1.76 million purse ...

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Brentley Romine
Stephen Gallacher during the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Stephen Gallacher during the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Stephen Gallacher's victory in Dubai now has him in the European Ryder Cup team conversation.

Gallacher is the fifth player currently projected to make the team via the World Points list. The top 4 on the European Points list and the top 5 on the World Points list not already eligible make the team, leaving Paul McGinley to select the three remaining spots with his captain's picks.

Here's a look at the standings (names in bold are currently projected to make team):

EUROPEAN POINTS

  • 1. Thomas Bjorn, 1,646,623
  • 2. Victor Dubuisson, 1,595,151
  • 3 ...

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February 3, 2014 | 11:05 a.m.

Stadler, Gallacher make big jumps in OWGR

Brentley Romine
Kevin Stadler during the final round of the PGA Tour's 2014 Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.
Kevin Stadler during the final round of the PGA Tour's 2014 Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

Kevin Stadler rose to a career-best 57th in the Official World Golf Ranking following his first PGA Tour victory, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

With the win, Stadler, who improved 70 spots from 127th, not only earned a Masters berth, but also moved into position to qualify for the WGC-Accenture Match Play later this month. The top 64 available players in the OWGR as of Feb. 10 get into the event.

Here is a look at those on the bubble:

  • 60. Bernd Wiesberger
  • 61. Peter Hanson
  • 62. Marc Leishman
  • 63. Boo Weekley
  • 64. Richard Sterne
  • 65. Scott Piercy
  • 66 ...

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Alistair Tait
Stephen Gallacher celebrates after making a par putt on the 18th hole to defend his title at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Stephen Gallacher celebrates after making a par putt on the 18th hole to defend his title at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic celebrated its 25th anniversary with Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher making history en route to victory. In successfully defending his title, Gallacher also upstaged Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy along the way.

Here are 5 Things you need to know from the final round at Emirates Golf Club:

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1. A DESERT FIRST: Stephen Gallacher turned up in Dubai as defending champion but was reduced to something of a cameo role in the first two rounds, playing alongside headline acts Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

Gallacher may have received less coverage all week, but he had the ...

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Golfweek Staff
Stephen Gallacher during the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Stephen Gallacher during the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Stephen Gallacher got off to a slow start in Sunday's final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. But in the end, the Scot held onto his lead, making a 3-footer for par on the 18th to wrap up an even-par 72 and successfully defend his title at Emirates Golf Club.

Gallacher, who is the first back-to-back winner in the tournament's 25-year history, finished at 16 under, a shot clear of Emiliano Grillo, who eagled his final hole to cap a final-round 66.

Rory McIlroy, who was two shots back entering the day, struggled to a 74 to ...

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February 1, 2014 | 8:44 a.m.

Tee times: Dubai Desert Classic, final round

Golfweek Staff
Tiger Woods acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Tiger Woods acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

After a third-round 9-under 63, Stephen Gallacher will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Gallacher, the defending champion, will play in the final group alongside Rory McIlroy, the 2009 winner of this event, who is in second place at 14 under. The pair will tee off at 3:45 a.m. EST.

Here are the complete final-round tee times and pairings (all times EST):

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Final round

10:15 p.m.: Tom Lewis

10:24 p.m.: Alexander Levy, Jose-Filipe Lima

10:33 p ...

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Brentley Romine
Stephen Gallacher shot a third-round 9-under 63, including a 9-under 28 on the back nine, to grab a two-shot lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Stephen Gallacher shot a third-round 9-under 63, including a 9-under 28 on the back nine, to grab a two-shot lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic was first played in 1989. Since then, no player has successfully defended his title.

That could very well change this year.

Stephen Gallacher fired a 9-under 63 at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to take a two-shot lead into Sunday's final round. And as if 63 wasn't impressive enough, consider that Gallacher shot 9-under 28 on the back nine, setting a tournament record and tying a European Tour record.

Of course, there are still 18 holes remaining, and the likes of Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Thorbjorn Olesen are not ...

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Golfweek Staff
Tiger Woods during the third round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Tiger Woods during the third round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Tiger Woods failed to make a charge on Moving Day at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, carding a 2-under 70 to enter Sunday tied for 37th at 5 under.

For Stephen Gallacher, though, that was far from the case. The defending champion shot 9-under 63 capped by a 9-under 28 on the back nine, which tied a European Tour nine-hole record. More importantly, Gallacher, at 16 under overall, now has a two-shot lead over second-round leader Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy, playing in the final group with Brooks Koepka, shot 69. Koepka finished with a 70 and is tied for third with ...

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Tiger Woods in action during the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Tiger Woods in action during the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Tiger Woods won't be coming back to the U.S. directly after the final round of this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The World No. 1 says he will be heading to India for the first time.

But it's still all business, as he'll be playing a non-public 18-hole match with Pawan Munjal, the CEO and managing director of Hero Motor Group, according to The Associated Press. The company makes motorcycles and scooters.

The match will take place at the Delhi Golf Club, also the site of the Indian Open.

“(PGA Tour pro) Arj (Arjun Atwal ...

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January 31, 2014 | 10:47 a.m.

Tee times: Dubai Desert Classic, Round 3

Golfweek Staff
Brooks Koepka will play with Rory McIlroy for the first time.
Brooks Koepka will play with Rory McIlroy for the first time.

Brooks Koepka will get his first chance to play a round of golf with Rory McIlroy, and it will arguably come on the biggest stage of his young career.

McIlroy carries a one-shot lead into Saturday's third round at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, with Koepka nipping at his heels after a 7-under 65 on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods will play with Mikko Ilonen, while Tiger's close friend Fred Couples will play in the group behind him.

Take a look at Saturday's tee times and pairings:

Round 3 tee times at Omega Dubai Desert ...

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Nick Masuda
Rory McIlroy had five birdies and three bogeys in a 2-under 70 on Friday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Rory McIlroy had five birdies and three bogeys in a 2-under 70 on Friday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Rory McIlroy remained atop the leaderboard at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Friday, firing a 2-under 70 to hold a one-shot lead over Brooks Koepka after 36 holes.

McIlroy played alongside Tiger Woods again on Friday, but the duo provided far less fireworks, with McIlroy having only five birdies on the day and Woods picking up two.

Woods would fire a 1-over 73 to likely fall out of realistic contention.

Here are 5 Things to take away from Round 2 in Dubai:

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1. JUST ENOUGH: Rory McIlroy scuffled from this opening hole, looking less fluid off the tee and ...

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Golfweek Staff
Tiger Woods in action during the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Tiger Woods in action during the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

It wasn't as pretty as Thursday, but Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will be sticking around for the weekend.

And McIlroy will do so atop the leaderboard, using a birdie on his final hole to take a one-shot lead over Brooks Koepka. McIlroy fired a 2-under 70 to finish at 11 under through 36 holes.

Woods was out of sorts all day, failing to make a putt over 10 feet in firing a 1-over 73 to sit at 3 under entering the third round.

See how it all unfolded on Friday in Dubai:

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No. 18: Par 5, 564 yards ...

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Nick Masuda
Rory McIlroy made few mistakes on Thursday, firing a 9-under 63 during Round 1 of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Rory McIlroy made few mistakes on Thursday, firing a 9-under 63 during Round 1 of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

That's more like it.

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods put on a show on Thursday morning at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, combining for 11 birdies and an eagle as McIlroy took the lead with a 9-under 63. Woods shot 4-under 68 in his first round since missing a secondary cut at Torrey Pines last Saturday.

McIlroy holds a two-shot lead over Edoardo Molinari after 18 holes.

Here are 5 Things to take away from the first round's morning session in Dubai:

(See play-by-play breakdown for Woods and McIlroy here)

• • •

1. ROARING START: Game on! It looks as ...

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Golfweek Staff
Tiger Woods (68) and Rory McIlroy (63) combined for 11 birdies and an eagle on Thursday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Tiger Woods (68) and Rory McIlroy (63) combined for 11 birdies and an eagle on Thursday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Talk about living up to the hype.

The pairing of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy - as well as defending champ Stephen Gallacher - combined to go 19 under on Thursday in the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, led by McIlroy's 9-under 63 that gave him the early tournament lead.

Woods fired a bogey-free, 4-under 68 that included four birdies on his outgoing nine, finishing with nine consecutive pars. Gallacher was three back of McIlroy after a 6-under 66 that included a short eagle on No. 18.

Woods is making his seventh appearance at the Omega Dubai Desert ...

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Jeff Rude
Tiger Woods' swing has not changed perceptibly in two years, coach Sean Foley said.
Tiger Woods' swing has not changed perceptibly in two years, coach Sean Foley said.

Tiger Woods left 2013 as PGA Tour Player of the Year and as a five-time winner. But then he comes back this year, plays three rounds last week in San Diego, shoots a 79 and people are saying his body looks buffed up and his swing looks shorter.

To hear all that, you wonder if he’s a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger (muscles) and Allen Doyle (short backswing). You wonder if Woods would rather have a body suited for the beach or the golf course.

Three days into his new year and sirens are blaring and lights are flashing. Could ...

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