Rafael Cabrera-Bello won the Dubai Desert Classic Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 to beat Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher by one shot for only his second European Tour victory.
It appeared to be Westwood’s tournament to win as the third-ranked Englishman took a one-shot lead over Cabrera-Bello into the final round. But after making a 35-foot eagle putt on the 2nd to go up by two, Westwood struggled with his putting the rest of the way, missing several birdie chances on the back nine.
The 119th-ranked Spaniard birdied the 17th for the outright lead and then made a short par putt on 18 to finish with an 18-under total of 270.
Westwood (70) had a chance to force a playoff, but his chip rolled well past the hole. He then just missed a 25-foot birdie. Gallacher (69) also had a chance to tie but missed a 15-footer for birdie.