After a breathless last lap, Rory McIlroy wins the Hero Dubai Desert Classic thanks to a final birdie on 18. He wins with a one-stroke lead over the American Patrick Reed, with whom he fought a fierce battle to race towards victory. Julien Brun signs a superb performance with a fifth final place! Victor Perez was not in the game during the last lap: he finished 28th.

Rory McIlroy wins the Hero Dubai Desert Classic

Rory McIlroy winner of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic – via Twitter @DPWorldTour

What a last round in Dubai on the Emirates Golf Club! Rory McIlroy had settled into the leader's chair after three laps with a three-stroke lead, but this last lap was very tense. The Northern Irishman was quickly joined at the helm of the tournament by American Patrick Reed. The resident of LIV Golf, after a trip to -3, signs an eagle on the 10th thanks to an almost perfect hybrid shot, brushing against the albatross, then a new birdie on the 11th hole.

Rory McIlroy backed up the former Masters winner with a solid game. McIlroy was one step ahead of the start of the 18th, before being joined by Reed thanks to a final birdie.

The deal was therefore simple: a birdie is the victory, a par offers a play-off to Reed and a bogey or more and McIlroy writes off the trophy. After a drive on the edge of an obstacle, a lay-up and a wedge shot a few meters from the flag, the world number 1 putt in the victory and added his first Rolex Series star to his record. This is his third victory on the Emirates Golf Club course.


Patrick Reed with two many brilliant shots and a card of 65 (-7) signs a second place. Lucas Herbert completes the podium thanks to his 66 (-6) on this last round.

XXL performance for Julien Brun who finished 5th in this Rolex Series in Dubai. A solid week and his last lap in 68 (-4) allows him to take big points for the Race to Dubai and for the world ranking.

Victor Perez, in the part of Patrick Reed will not have been in the game this Sunday. He enters a card of 75 (+3) and finishes 28th.

Romain Langasque signs a top 20 on this Hero Dubai Desert Classic with a final 16th place at -10.

Julien Guerrier finished 65th and Antoine Rozner 78th.

To find the final leaderboard of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic: click here.

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