Rory McIlroy Leaderboard and Score Updates from Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2014

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Rory McIlroy Leaderboard and Score Updates from Omega Dubai Desert Classic 2014
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Rory McIlroy finished tied ninth at the Dubai Desert Classic after falling away on the final day.

A stunning 63 in his opening round set the Northern Irishman up for an excellent tournament, before solid rounds of of 70 and 69 saw him consolidate his sport in the upper reaches of the leader board.

But three bogeys in four holes on the back nine on the final day derailed his chances of victory here.

Following on from his near miss at the Abu Dhabi Championship a fortnight ago, McIlroy will be pleased with his overall showing and showed plenty of glimpses that he is beginning to get back to his very best.

Coming back to the scene of his first professional tour triumph, the 24-year-old was quoted pre-tournament by BBC Sport this week as saying, "It is nice to come back. I sort of missed it last year. I played twice as an amateur here in '06 and '07, so the tournament has been very good to me giving me those invites and it was fitting in a way that I won my first tournament here as a pro."

After a tough 2013, 2014 seems to have begun in much better fashion for the two-time major champion. He'll be looking to build on the promising form he showcased here as the season gets back into full swing in the coming weeks.

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