This was in a paper I gave. I want to know the mechanism by which both of these products will be formed and why is the 1st one the major product.
My thinking is that the -OH group will be converted into a good leaving group by protonating it and then a 2-degree Carbocation will be formed which should give Product 2. But the answer given is product 1 (which will go through a 1-degree carbocation as an intermediate).
The 1st product:
The 2nd product:
Any input will be appreciated.