James comes close in Dubai

James Kingston finished faster than anyone else on the weekend, but just missed out on the Omega Dubai Desert Classic title as Alviro Quiros rode a rollercoaster to a one-stroke victory.

Kingston carded a pair of 72s in the opening two rounds, and then got his game on track as he mastered the blustery desert wind better than anyone else with a pair of five-under-par 67s in rounds three and four to share second with Denmark’s Anders Hansen.

“Having just made the cut on the mark, it’s a pretty decent weekend whenever you shoot 10-under-par,” said Kingston.

He was helped with a wonderful start to his final round: “It’s a great way to start,” he said, “holing an awesome bunker shot and then making two good birdies after that.”

He followed that start with a bogey, but then a run of five pars followed before he birdied 10 and 11. He made one more at 17, and then had a putt at 18 which could have forced the tournament into a playoff.

“It was disappointing, that putt at 18,” he said. “It had all the chance in the world, but it was not to be this time.”

He had his chances throughout the round, too: “I gave myself a few really good chances and I didn’t convert any of them, which was probably where I fell short today.”

He was also up against a Quiros who ran the gamut of emotion during his round, and gave his pursuers plenty of opportunities to haul him in.

An eagle two on the second set him on his way, only for his high spirits to be dashed with a triple-bogey seven on the eighth, which not even the following birdie on nine could erase.

However, a hole-in-one on the 11th certainly could, and even a bogey on the 14th could not halt his march to the title.

Thomas Aiken, in contention for so much of the tournament, fell away with an ice-cold putter during the final round, finishing in a share of seventh.

Hennie Otto finished in a tie for 31st and Jbe’ Kruger in a share of 47th.

World number one Lee Westwood finished in 15th, six strokes off the lead. With number two Martin Kaymer in 31st another three shots back.

Tiger Woods was one stroke behind Westwood in a share of 20th.

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