By Ali Stafford
Last update: 01/30/22 1:29 p.m.
Viktor Hovland beat Richard Bland in a shoot-off to snatch a remarkable victory at the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic, as Rory McIlroy missed out after a costly final on his last lap.
Hovland overcame a six-shot deficit on a thrilling final day at Emirates Golf Club, playing its final three holes in four under to close out a day’s round 66 to set the clubhouse target at 12 under.
Bland birdied his final two holes en route to a 68-under-four to join the Norwegian at the top of the standings, with McIlroy ready to make it a three-way shoot-off until he found the water with his approach to the final. hole.
Needing a birdie at the last to win the Dubai Desert Classic, Rory McIlroy managed to find the water with his second shot in the par five 18th.
The players came back on the par-five 18 for the shoot-off, where Bland was unable to drive up and down the left side of the green, as Hovland reached the putting surface in two-and-two putts for a game-winning birdie.
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