Danny Willett of England poses with the trophy after he won the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Overnight leader Danny Willett battled hard to hold on to his lead Sunday and got his reward with a final green, one-shot win in the $2.5 million Dubai Desert Classic.Willett, who had opened up a three-shot lead midway through the front nine, had to battle hard on the back nine. And as his rivals started making more birdies on the easier back nine, Willett had to grind out pars to stay ahead.Sullivan, who had finished second in Dubai less than three months ago to Rory McIlroy in the DP World Tour Championship, made a birdie on the difficult par-3 15th hole, and then saved remarkable pars on the 16th and 17th holes after hitting errant drives.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).And McIlroy, who could only make a par on the par-five 18th hole, said: "It was okay I guess.
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