Gallacher wins in Dubai

Updated: February 2, 2014


Stephen Gallacher rallied with 4 birdies in the back nine to win the Dubai Desert Classic.

Gallacher closed with an even-par 72 to end the tournament at 16-under-par 272 to defend his title for the first time in the tournaments history and Joined Ernie Els and Tiger Woods as the only multiple winners.

Emiliano Grillo made a long eagle putt on the 18th to post 6-under 66 and take second at minus-15 at Emirates Golf Club.

Romain Wattel fired a 66 of his own to grab a share of third at 14-under 274. He was joined there by Brooks Koepka (70).

Mikko Ilonen had the low round of the day with an 8-under 64. He was alone in the lead briefly, but his total of 13-under 275 didn’t hold up. Ilonen was joined in fifth place Robert Rock (70), Steve Webster (70) and Thorbjorn Olesen (71).

Rory McIlroy stumbled to a 2-over 74 to slide into a share of ninth at minus-12.

Woods birdied the final three holes for a 1-under 71. That left him tied for 41st at 6-under 282.