Rory and Tiger Stumble in Dubai
By Torleif Sorenson on 2/4/14
Rory McIlroy's comeback from oblivion hit a speed bump this past week at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. On Thursday, the "Holywood Matinee Idol" shot a blistering 63, then overcame a stomach illness to stay in the lead with a 70 on Friday. A 3-under 69 on Saturday still put him on the top page of the leaderboard.

And then on Sunday, he bogeyed the par-3 7th hole. Still, two pars at 8 and 9 had him at the top, but then he bogeyed the par-5 10th, birdied the par-3 11th, and then bogeyed 12 and 13. At that point, he was cooked:
"Yeah, a frustrating day. The course played so much more differently than the last couple of days. The greens were a little firmer. I actually played the front nine [and] I felt pretty solid. And then... two bogeys on the par-5s on the back nine were not what I was looking for. I didn't get the ball close, didn't make any putts."
Rory finished T-9, four shots adrift.

Tiger Woods had an even rougher time in Dubai, he shot 68-73-70-71 to finish T-41.

Oh, by the way, 39-year-old Stephen Gallacher won the tournament for the second straight year.

His 66-71-63-72 gave him a one-stroke victory over Emiliano Grillo of Argentina. Gallacher is the nephew of eight-time European Ryder Cup player and three-time captain Bernard Gallacher, and the victory is his third on the European Tour. The Scotsman is now ranked 37th in the OWGR and has played his way into the World Golf Championship events, including the Accenture Match Play later this month and Doral in March. And if Gallacher continues to play well, he could find himself in the Masters Tournament for the first time in April.

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