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Glory for Rory McIlroy in Dubai

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Rory McIlroy claimed his first title of 2015 after the Northern Irishman steamrolled his way to victory at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, thanks to a composed and clinical display befitting of the world’s number one golfer.

Leading by four shots entering the final day at the Emirates Golf Club, the 25 year old was a steady and assured presence despite a relatively unspectacular level par front nine.

While his closest challengers struggled to close the gap, McIlroy’s class began to show on the way home as he birdied two of the back nine’s three par fives, the tenth and 13th, to sign for a two under par 70, a tournament record-equalling 22 under total and a three-shot victory.

A delighted McIlroy said, "It wasn't the best round that I've played this year but I got the job done and that's the most important thing.

"That was sort of the objective coming to the Middle East, just after the new year. I wanted to get at least one win going heading to the States and getting into the sort of big part of the season I guess.

"It's great to get that win and coming off a good performance in Abu Dhabi, as well, I've got some confidence and momentum on my side heading into the next couple months.

"I've done a lot of good work the last few weeks here in the Middle East and I've got three weeks off now. I won't have three weeks of hitting balls I guess, but I'll have at least a good week of preparation going into the Honda.

"I'll keep it ticking over. It will be nice to get back to the States and get in my own house and get into a routine and practice and stuff.

"I don't mind that the Masters is still a couple of months away. I feel like I can keep this run of form going, and there's no reason why I shouldn't. I'm comfortable with my game, I'm happy with how I'm swinging it and it's just a matter of keeping on top of things and not getting complacent and working hard."

Swede Alex Noren’s return to form continued as he carded a seven under par 65 to claim runner-up spot, his best finish since winning the most recent of his three European Tour victories at the 2011 Nordea Masters.

Stephen Gallacher of Scotland maintained his incredible record in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic despite missing out on a third consecutive win at the event, adding an outright third place finish to his two wins and a runner-up finish in 2012, courtesy of a closing 69 and a 16 under total.

Morten Ørum Madsen, who was McIlroy’s nearest competitor after round three, struggled to a triple-bogey on the opening hole and, while he staged a brave comeback, it was ultimately a bridge too far for the Dane and he finished in a share of fourth place alongside German Martin Kaymer - who recorded a superb eight under par 64 - Frenchman Gary Stal, England’s Andy Sullivan and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria on 15 under par.

Scores:

266 R McIlroy  (Nir) 66 64 66 70,

269 A Noren  (Swe) 68 67 69 65,

272 S Gallacher (Sco) 66 67 70 69,

273 B Wiesberger  (Aut) 64 69 70 70, G Stal  (Fra) 69 69 67 68, A Sullivan (Eng) 65 68 70 70, M Kaymer (Ger) 67 69 73 64, M Madsen  (Den) 71 63 66 73,

274 G McDowell  (Nir) 67 65 72 70, T Aiken (RSA) 68 71 66 69, R Rock (Eng) 68 67 69 70, L Westwood (Eng) 65 68 69 72,

275 P Uihlein  (USA) 65 69 70 71, H Stenson (Swe) 70 66 70 69, B An (Kor) 70 70 66 69, R Paratore (Ita) 68 66 70 71, M Warren (Sco) 66 65 73 71, G Bourdy (Fra) 69 71 69 66, D Willett  (Eng) 67 66 70 72,

276 P Larrazábal (Esp) 69 66 69 72, R Fisher (Eng) 71 68 71 66, G Havret  (Fra) 68 71 70 67, E Grillo (Arg) 67 68 69 72, A Quiros  (Esp) 73 69 70 64,

277 D Howell (Eng) 71 69 69 68, R Green (Aus) 70 68 70 69,

278 R Jacquelin (Fra) 71 71 67 69, D Lipsky (USA) 68 71 68 71,

279 D Van Der Walt (RSA) 69 73 66 71, P Lawrie (Sco) 69 71 66 73, A Levy (Fra) 72 68 70 69,

280 N Colsaerts  (Bel) 65 74 67 74, A Hansen (Den) 66 72 71 71, M Kieffer (Ger) 66 68 73 73,

281 J Garcia Pinto (Esp) 70 66 72 73, E Espana (Fra) 70 70 70 71, T Jaidee (Tha) 71 68 69 73, A Wall (Eng) 69 70 72 70, S Benson (Eng) 66 66 73 76, G Mulroy (RSA) 69 70 72 70, A Johnston (Eng) 68 72 71 70,

282 M Foster (Eng) 73 69 67 73, T Pieters  (Bel) 69 69 75 69, F Aguilar (Chi) 70 71 70 71, M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 70 70 71 71, K Broberg (Swe) 69 69 70 74,

283 A Cañizares  (Esp) 72 69 69 73, Y Yang (Kor) 67 73 71 72, D Brooks (Eng) 69 73 71 70, T Fleetwood  (Eng) 72 70 71 70, J Campillo (Esp) 67 70 75 71, J Luiten (Ned) 68 70 70 75,

284 M Hoey  (Nir) 72 70 71 71, M Carlsson  (Swe) 71 71 65 77,

285 R Bland (Eng) 71 69 72 73, B Grace  (RSA) 73 69 71 72, P Lawrie (Irl) 73 69 73 70, O Farr (Wal) 73 68 72 72, T Hatton (Eng) 71 69 72 73, M Ilonen  (Fin) 67 71 74 73, M Lampert (Ger) 71 67 75 72, E Els (RSA) 72 70 72 71,

286 H Otto (RSA) 66 73 70 77, T Lewis (Eng) 68 73 70 75, C Doak (Sco) 72 70 73 71, E Molinari  (Ita) 70 72 73 71,

287 P Waring  (Eng) 69 67 72 79, B Dredge (Wal) 71 71 68 77, J Palmer (Eng) 74 68 72 73, W Ormsby (Aus) 69 69 70 79,

289 M Baldwin (Eng) 71 71 73 74,

290 D Foos (Ger) 71 71 72 76,

291 D McGrane (Irl) 71 70 74 76,

295 S Jamieson  (Sco) 74 68 70 83