By Andy Sambidge
Scot Stephen Gallacher holds his nerve to win Dubai Desert Classic for second year running
Defending champion Stephen Gallacher held his nerve on Sunday to become the first golfer to retain the Dubai Desert Classic title.
The Scot fired an even-par final round score of 72 to finish one shot ahead of the pack as none of his rivals managed to mount a sustained challenge to his overnight lead.
Gallacher responded well after stumbling early with two bogeys in his fourth round.
World No 6 Rory McIlroy, who topped the leaderboard at the halfway stage, failed to make an impression on the last day and finished four shots off the lead after a final round 74.
Gallacher made his decisive move on day three when he played his last 10 holes in 10 under as part of a sizzling 63.
“It took everything I had after the poor front nine, but I just tried to build on yesterday (63) and stay patient,” he said.
“I was quite fortunate that no-one ran away with it and I just tried to hit every shot at a time, just like yesterday... I wish I could play this course every week.”
Tiger Woods vowed to improve his putting after another lacklustre showing at the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday.
The 14-times major winner birdied the last three holes for a one-under-par final round of 71 on the Majlis course, giving him an aggregate six-under 282.