DUBAI UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 13: Alvaro Velasco of Spain plays his second shot at the 1st hole during the final round of the 2011 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majilis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on February 13 2011 in Dubai United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Alvaro Quiros Wins Dubai Desert Classic As Tiger Woods Fades In Final Round

With the World's top three ranked players headed to Dubai next week, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic has never played such an important role.

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Tiger Woods Trails Rory McIlroy By Six Strokes On Dubai Desert Classic Leaderboard

After one round, Rory McIlroy sits atop the leaderboard at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. His 7-under day gives him a two-stroke lead. Meanwhile, on a day in which plenty of golfers managed to shoot well under par, noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods finds himself deep in the middle of the pack.

McIlroy birdied his first three holes, and finished strong with birdies on three of his final five holes. He's looking for his third professional tournament win, and his first since last May. In pursuit are Sergio Garcia and Victor Dubuisson at 5-under.

Woods, the top-ranked player at the Dubai Desert Classic, experienced a very up-and-down round. He began the back nine with two birdies, a double bogey, and another birdie, then finished with an eagle on the 18th. At 1-under, he's six strokes behind the lead. Woods is still looking for his first tournament win since 2009.

You can follow along with the live leaderboard here. And for more on the Dubai Desert Classic, check out SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room.

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