McIlroy “finally” back in the winner’s circle with 2015 Dubai Desert Classic win

Rory McIlroy

RORY MCILROY bolted out of the blocks to win the 2015 Omega Dubai Desert Classic for a second time at the Emirates Golf Club on the weekend.

After a string of runner-up finished the world No.1 showed a clean pair of heels to his European Tour rivals with a three stroke victory.

The 25 year old Northern Irishman, who had been in front since a sublime 64 on Friday, closed with a two under par 70 to finish on a tournament record equalling 22 under par.

McIlroy won his maiden professional title here back in 2009 and was delighted to end his “slump”.

“It’s nice to be able to put my name on that trophy again,” said McIlroy, who had three runner-up finishes (preceded by three wins) in his previous European Tour starts.

“It felt like I was coming second every time I was teeing it up so it was time for a change and obviously the only way I wanted to go was one better and thankfully I was able to do that today.

“I played very nicely all week; I did what I needed to do today. I didn’t play quite as well as the first three days but I played a solid round of golf and kept my nose in front.”

Sweden’s Alex Noren  (65) was second on 19-under with defending champion Stephen Gallacher (69) third on 16 under.

Richard Green (69) was the leading Aussie, finishing on 11-under tied for 25th.

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