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McIlroy seals fourth Dubai Desert Classic with one shot victory at Emirates Club

On a day where it seemed the title was only destined for one player, Rory McIlroy came out on top after a closing two under par 70 to win by one shot from Adrian Meronk.

Overnight leader Cam Young never looked comfortable and when he missed a two foot putt for birdie on the 3rd, he never really got in the race. The young American eventually carding a two over par 74 for 3rd place.

Meronk started well but succumbed to the lightening fast greens on hole number 7, the par 3 with a pin position barely on the green. The Pole hit his tee shot a yard over the green then watched in what seemed like agony as his chip ran past the hole and ended up in the water. A resulting double bogey meant that it was almost impossible to catch Rory. Despite a late com back, Meronk ended up one back in second place alone with a cheque for just over 900,000 Euros.

Rory birdied 3, 8 and 9, building up a three shot cushion before having to take a penalty drop on the par 5, 13th, where he tried to cut the corner but ended up in a bush, resulting in his only dropped shot of the day. A winner’s cheque of 1.4 million Euros was the reward for the Northern Irishman who certainly avenged his loss in last week’s Dubai Invitational when he lost to Tommy Fleetwood on the final hole.

Well played to Rory and let’s see what happens in the coming weeks with talk of multiple DP World Tour players being poached by the LIV Tour.

Story: Colin White

Photo: Alexi Van Damme, AX Media Thailand

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