Poor finish costs McIlroy desert title

Published Sunday, 02 February 2014
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A final round of two over par cost Rory McIlroy a chance at winning his first title of the season at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Poor finish costs McIlroy desert title
A glum looking McIlroy acknowledges the crowd on the 18th hole. (© Getty)

The Holywood man entered the final round of the tournament two shots off leader Stephen Gallacher.

The Scot hit an even par round to win the tournament on 16 under.

It is the first time in the competition's history the defending champion has retained the title.

A disappointing round of four bogies and two birdies saw Rory finish the tournament on 12 under, four shots off the top spot and tied in ninth place overall.

A poor start from Gallacher meant McIlroy's opening six pars were enough for him to take the lead, something the former world number one was unable to build on.

At the seventh, he dumped his tee shot in the water, just short of the green.

Although he rescued a bogey with a brilliant third shot from the drop zone, McIlroy never reproduced the form which saw him shoot an opening 63 in the competition.

McIlroy is due to play again in the World Matchplay Championships in just over two weeks' time.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Bangor in Bangor wrote (357 days ago):
Great game but that's Golf not knowing what's coming next
Ady in Cookstown wrote (357 days ago):
Great to see Celtic fan Stephen Gallacher retain his title .
Des in Co Derry wrote (359 days ago):
Like the polo shirt.
Jos in Belfast wrote (359 days ago):
Just love the colour of your shirt Rory. Are you trying to tell us something.
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