Golf: England's Willett wins Dubai Desert Classic

Danny Willett of England celebrating after winning the Dubai Desert Classic, on Feb 7, 2016.
Danny Willett of England celebrating after winning the Dubai Desert Classic, on Feb 7, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI (AFP) - England's Danny Willett made a pressure-packed 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the Dubai Desert Classic by one shot over England's Andy Sullivan and Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

At Emirates Golf Club on Sunday, overnight leader Willett shot a three-under par 69 to finish on 19-under par 269.

Sullivan, who finished second in Dubai less than three months ago to Rory McIlroy in the DP World Tour Championship, closed with a 68, while Cabrera-Bello (69) notched up his second successive runners-up finish after Doha the week before. They were tied at 270.

The win is expected to move Willett into the top-15 of the world rankings for the first time in his career.

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy finished with a seven-under par 65 round, but that was good only for tied sixth place at 15-under par 273, alongside world No. 6 Henrik Stenson (66).

Spain's Alvaro Quiros and South Korea's Byeong Hun An were tied fourth at 272 with identical rounds of seven-under par 65 each.