Rory McIlroy made it four wins in his last seven European Tour events on Sunday when he won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a closing round 70 to finish 22-under, three strokes ahead of Sweden’s Alex Noren.
Despite a lengthy layoff from golf, McIlroy hit just two bogeys against 24 birdies over the course of four days. His last seven outings on the Euro Tour have produced four wins and three runner-up slots. Those seven events have netted him €5.1 million (US$5.8 million) in prize money.
McIlroy looked a lot like vintage Tiger Woods this past weekend. By going 66-64-66 in his first three rounds, a 2-under 70 was plenty to win the title. Norway’s Morten Orum Madsen, who had trailed McIlroy in second place by four strokes after 54 holes, fire a disastrous triple-bogey 7 on No. 1, and didn’t get back under par until a birdie on 12. Once he bogeyed 15 and 16 back to back, he fell to a tie for fourth.
Noren, ranked 471st in the world heading into the weekend, was one of only two players to shoot under 70 in all four rounds. The 32-year-old was 4-under through six holes, but damaged his own cause with a bogey on No. 9. He struck four more birdies on the back nine, including a closing push of three in his last four holes.
Also making a big push on the final day was 2014 US Open winner Martin Kaymer, who netted a 64, tying for the second-lowest round of the tournament. Kaymer finished tied for fourth at 15-under with an eight-birdie day.