Tiger Woods at the Dubai Desert Classic to win it, says Danny Willett

• Willett: ‘Woods makes things that little bit extra special’
• Sergio García unsure whether Woods can get back to his best

The crowd gathered for a lunchtime driving range session in Dubai provided the latest indicator of Tiger Woods’s lingering appeal. He even provided more to see than usual, having taken advantage of European Tour rules in order to wear shorts.

The 40-year-old toppled out of the Farmers Insurance Open after 36 holes at Torrey Pines near San Diego the previous week but his arrival in the Middle East for the Dubai Desert Classic adds an extra dynamic to the European Tour event. Fellow players, including the Masters champion Danny Willett, acknowledge that much.

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