BRETT RUMFORD shot a final round 5-under 67 at the 2014 Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the weekend to jump 16 places on the leaderboard and finish the best placed Aussie.
Rumford finished tied for 13th behind winner Stephen Gallacher, who produced another tremendous back-nine fightback to become the first player to successfully defend the title.
The 39 year old Scotsman began the day with a two shot lead over playing partner Rory McIlroy, but found four bogeys on the front nine to fall two off the pace.
He rebounded coming down the stretch at the Emirates Golf Club with four birdies to finish with a 72 and post a tournament total of 16-under, one better the second place-getter Emiliano Grillo (66) of Argentina.
McIlroy stormed to the lead in the first round with an impeccable 9-under 63 but couldn’t keep it going, closing with a 74 to finish T9 on 12-under, one in front of Rumford.
In his second tournament for 2014 Tiger Woods (71) couldn’t find a spark for most of the event but finished with three straight birdies to close on 6-under tied for 41st.
Scott Hend (69), who briefly led the event during round two, was the next best placed Aussie, finishing on 6–under tied for 29th. It has just been announced Hend will be contesting the NZ Open later this month.
The Dubai event was the final leg of the European Tour’s three week desert swing and the tour will now head to South Africa for the Joburg Open, where defending champion Richard Sterne is shooting for his third straight victory.Dubai Desert Classic Leaderboard