Despite shooting his worst round of the tournament on Sunday, Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher became the first golfer to win back-to-back Dubai Desert Classic titles.
The 39-year-old turned in a final round score of 72 to finish the tournament at 16-under par. Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, fueled by a blistering round of 66, finished in second at 15-under for the tournament. Tied one stroke behind Grillo were France’s Romain Wattel and Brooks Koepka of the United States. Four golfers finished in a tie for fifth at 13-under.
Gallacher was honest when he discussed his performance with reporters:
My emotions are gone, I’m a nervous wreck. I never really played the front nine that well all week. No one was racing ahead, that was the key, if someone had come out of the traps maybe it would have been different (Reuters).
Gallacher began the day with a slight lead over Rory McIlroy, but the 24-year-old also struggled on Sunday, shooting a round of 74 to finish the tournament in a tie for ninth.