Stephen Gallacher was able to successfully defend his title in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic as he beat the field by one in the 2014 running of the competition.
The Scot shot a round of 72 on the final day to finish on -16. That left him one stroke ahead of Argentine Emiliano Grillo and two shots above Brooks Koepka and Romain Wattel.
Gallacher’s final round did not get off to the best start as he recorded four bogeys in the front nine holes. He was unable to gain headway with successive dropped shots coming at the first and second.
The back nine proved to be more generous to the champion as four birdies followed. A good tee shot on the par-three 11th hole set up a birdie, while he continued his good week on the par-five 13th by once again making a four there.
Players around the Scot were all making mistakes in the final few holes but the 2013 winner held his nerve to birdie the 16th and 17th which were crucial to him climbing back up to the top of the leaderboard.
Betfair ante-post favourite Rory McIlroy had led for most of this week and was just two off the pace going into Sunday’s play but carded a disappointing 74.
The two-time major winner had a poor 2013 with just one win coming, which arrived in the Australian Open.
His first European Tour triumph came in the Dubai Desert Classic in 2009 when he scored by one stroke ahead of Justin Rose. He has also consistently played well in the event each year since then.
McIlroy will attempt to secure his third major of his career at the Masters in April where he is prominent in the outright market for the prestigious tournament at the Augusta National Club.