Willett keeps his nerve to win Dubai Desert Classic

Sun Feb 7, 2016 12:42pm EST
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DUBAI (Reuters) - Britain's Danny Willett kept his nerve to win the Dubai Desert Classic by a stroke from compatriot Andy Sullivan and Spain's Rafa Cabrero-Bello on Sunday.

Overnight leader Willett shot a final round 69 at the Emirates Golf Club to finish on 269, 19 under par, after needing to make a 15-foot putt on the last to clinch his fourth European Tour title.

"When you win like that in that fashion, it does feel that little bit extra special when the pressure is on, being able to produce the goods," said the 28-year-old, runner-up in last season's Race to Dubai.

Sullivan made up one shot on him and Cabrera-Bello to finish joint second.

Spain's Alvaro Quiros and South Korea's An Byeong-Hun were joint fourth after carding final round 65s for a 16-under par total.

World number two Rory McIlroy, last year's winner, and Henrik Stenson finished joint sixth a further shot behind.

Willett, 28, is hoping to win a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team later this year and was neck-and-neck with Sullivan throughout the final round.

He fell a shot behind early on as his fellow Englishman birdied the second and fourth holes, but quickly recovered to lead by three.

A bogey on the 14th gave hope to his pursuers and Cabrera-Bello was only one shot behind after a birdie at the 17th.   Continued...

Danny Willett of England celebrates after winning the Dubai Desert Classic golf championship February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah