Omega Dubai Desert Classic final day best bits as Rory McIlroy shows class

Matt Jones - Editor 01:15 29/01/2018
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Star turn: Rory McIlroy.

Player of the day: Li Haotong

Who else? The 22-year-old’s poise and panache in the face of such scrutiny was a sight to behold. As Rory McIlroy went for the calculated risk from his second shot from the 18th fairway and brilliantly found the green, you sensed this was where Li would win it or lose it. He opted for safety with his second shot from the rough to leave himself a chip shot to the green. He landed it beautifully about 8ft from the hole, and kept his nerve to sink it.

Shot of the day: Rory McIlroy

It’s better to be lucky than good, they say, and never more so was this evidenced than at 17. Haotong Li’s tee shot cannoned off a tree and landed nicely on the fairway, while McIlroy’s effort landed well but rolled back and next to the base of a tree trunk. He nearly holed for a birdie that would have tied the score with his second, but his brilliant chip fell six inches shy of the hole.

Best dressed: Rafa Cabrera Bello

There’s been a dashing display of colour on show this week, with the standard set by the field on a pristinely observed Pink Friday. Carbrera Bello opted for a more daring combination yesterday of bright white trousers and a piercing blue polo splashed with white dots, complete with a yellow Titleist cap in Spanish yellow. Almost as dazzling as his closing -16 under which gave him a share of fifth.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 28:  Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain plays his second shot on the par 4, 14th hole during the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club on January 28, 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Dressed to impress: Rafa Cabrera Bello.

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