Willett wins Dubai Desert Classic with birdie putt on 18th

Danny Willett of England holds the trophy after he won the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Danny Willett of England sank a birdie putt from 15 feet on the final hole to win the Dubai Desert Classic title by one shot on Sunday.

Fellow Englishman Andy Sullivan (68) and Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello (69) set the clubhouse pace for overnight leader Willett, who protected his slim advantage with a 3-under round of 69.

It was the fourth European Tour win for Willett, who finished on 19 under 269.

The two pre-tournament favorites – Rory McIlroy (65) and Henrik Stenson (66) – finished tied for sixth on 273.

Korea's Byeong Hun-An (65) and Spain's Alvaro Quiros (65) were in joint fourth place on 272.