Stephen Gallacher, shown in a 2011 file photo, on Sunday picked up his first European Tour win in 8 1/2 years with a win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. UPI/Pat Benic | License Photo
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Stephen Gallacher picked up his fifth eagle of the week Sunday in sealing the victory at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
It was the second European Tour win for Gallacher but first since he won the Dunhill Links Championships in October 2004.
He had a 1-under-par 71 Sunday, which was enough to hold off Richard Sterne, who was also 1-under in the final round. Gallacher ended up at 22-under 266 while Sterne was 19-under for the tournament. But the three-stroke difference hid the back-and-forth nature of the final round.
Gallacher opened Sunday's play with a three-stroke lead but bogeys on the first two holes and a Sterna birdie at No. 2 erased that. Both had birdies at the third hole. Gallacher had a bogey at No. 8 to lose the lead only to tie Sterne with a birdie at the ninth.
Sterne went back ahead with a birdie at 10 but returned Gallacher to the front with back-to-back bogeys at 11 and 12. They were tied again after Sterne's birdie at the 13th.
Sterne had another bogey at 15 and Gallacher holed a 110-yard shot for eagle at 16, a hole Sterne bogeyed. It was Gallacher's fifth eagle of the week.
"I've holed four shots this week but you've got to do that these days to win," Gallacher said. "You need that little bit of magic."
Felipe Aguilar 69 Sunday) and Thorbjorn Olesen (71) tied for third at 17-under while Marcus Fraser (67) and Lee Westwood (68) were another stroke back in fifth.