DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Tiger Woods watched his 25-foot putt race down the slope and bend toward the cup, then he skipped backward and punched the desert air in celebration when it disappeared into the cup for a final birdie.
So ended his spectacular charge Sunday to win the Dubai Desert Classic over Ernie Els, a familiar victim. Woods birdied his last two holes, and five of his last seven, for a 7-under 65 to start his season with two victories that looked nothing alike.
One week was an eight-shot victory at the Buick Invitational. The next week was his largest comeback in eight years when Woods rallied from a four-shot deficit with an array of impressive shots that make him look tougher to beat than he already is.
"I'm just happy to get a win out of this," Woods said.
It was the third time Woods has started his season 2-0, another sign that he could be headed for a big year. He now has won his last four official tournaments, and six of his last seven dating to the Bridgestone Invitational in early August. Woods also won his unofficial Target World Challenge by seven shots in December.
"It's the ideal start, isn't it?" Woods said. "You play to win. So far, I've done that this year."
Holmes beats Mickelson in playoff
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. J.B. Holmes came back from the brink of defeat to win the FBR Open for the second time in three years, beating Phil Mickelson on the first hole of a playoff.
Holmes birdied the 18th twice in a matter of minutes, first with a 13-foot putt to force the playoff, then with an 8-footer after a monster 359-yard drive.
Holmes, whose victory as a rookie at the FBR in 2006 is his only other PGA Tour win, had blown a four-stroke lead and was one shot behind going into the 18th. The far more seasoned Mickelson seemed destined for his third victory in the tournament and 33rd of his career.
Webb wins Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia Australian star Karrie Webb won her fourth Women's Australian Open title, beating South Korea's Shin Ji-yai with a 10-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole.
Fed Cup postponed by rain
SAN DIEGO Steady rain washed out Sunday's matches at the Fed Cup quarterfinal between Germany and the United States, forcing organizers to try again on Monday. The winner will move on to face defending champion Russia, which reached the semifinals behind Maria Sharapova. China and Spain also reached the semifinals.
Bode Miller wins super-combi
VAL D'ISERE, France Bode Miller was far from his best in the slalom portion of Sunday's World Cup super-combi, and that might be why the American won both the race and clinched the discipline title.
"I was at 40 percent in the slalom," Miller said after winning in a combined time of 2 minutes, 18.45 seconds. "I know that if I'm at 100 percent in the slalom, chances are that I won't finish."
The American skied the Face de Bellevarde downhill leg in 1:33.88 in the morning, 1.37 seconds faster than second-place Didier Defago of Switzerland. Most of the slalom specialists trailed by more than a second.
Miller's 30th win on the World Cup circuit, and fifth this season, was enough to give him his third super-combi title with 410 points. He won the discipline in 2003 and 2004.
Vonn just misses podium again
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland If Lindsey Vonn doesn't go on to win the women's World Cup overall title, she might look back on races like Sunday's super-G. The American came in fourth, missing a podium finish by 0.01 seconds.
"This is like the fifth time that I'm one-hundredth off the podium, and it's just a little bit disappointing," she said.
Vonn finished 0.30 behind winner Emily Brydon of Canada, who covered the Corviglia course in 1 minute, 17.39 seconds to earn her first World Cup victory.
Hafen, Davis win junior tennis award
Farmington's Spencer Hafen, 13, and Salt Lake City's Mckenzie Davis have been named the 2007 Utah Tennis Junior Players of the Year.
This awards are given annually to a boy and girl and based on tournament performance throughout the year.
Spencer's overall record in Utah tennis tournaments in 2007 was 69-8. He also won a sportsmanship award at an Intermountain tennis tournament in Boise.
Both will be honored by the Utah Tennis Association at a celebration on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Salt Lake Swim and Tennis Club.