Li Haotong of China poses with the winner's trophy while celebrating his victory in the the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on January 28, 2018, in Dubai. / AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE
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China's Li Haotong edged out Rory McIlroy by a single stroke in a thrilling final round at Dubai Desert Classic Sunday to claim the second European Tour title of his career.Li put on a late burst to card 69 and finish on 23-under for the tournament with a total of 265, setting a new record to par at Emirates golf Club in the process by overhauling the mark of 22-under set by Thomas Bjorn in 2001 .The 22-year-old, who claimed his first European Tour title at the 2016 China Open, started the day a stroke ahead of McIlroy, but relinquished the lead in short order with a bogey on the first hole.The duo then matched each other with birdies on the third and seventh, but McIlroy forged a two-stroke lead after the turn with a birdie on the par-five 10th as Li registered his second bogey of the afternoon.
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