Worksop pair Westwood and Foster slip back down leaderboard as McIlroy wins in Dubai

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Worksop golfers Lee Westwood and Mark Foster both slipped down the leaderboard in the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday.

When play began on the final day, Westwood was well placed for a run at the title – sitting third, just six shots behind leader Rory McIlroy.

And Foster was looking to make a move, having jumped 24 places up the leaderboard with a five under par round of 67 on Saturday.

But Westwood was level par for the final round, slipping back to a share of ninth, and Foster was one over on Sunday, dropping to tied 42nd, as McIlroy went on to win the tournament.

Going into the last day, Westwood had followed his first two rounds of 65 and 68 with a three under par 69 on Saturday.

Finishing Saturday’s play with back to back birdies to go 14 under for the tournament, the 41-year-old was happy with his first competitive action in six weeks.

“I was pleased with the way I played,” he said.

“For the first week of the year I’m pleased with all aspects of my game.”

“I’ve been competitive in my first week out after six weeks off. Sometimes you can come out and feel you’re hitting the ball well but the scoring’s not there.”

“It’s like a footballer turning out after injury and the commentator might say that he’s not match-fit and that can happen in golf as well where you’re just not scoring fit, ready to get up and down when you need to and make that five-footer when you need to. I’m pleased with that.”

On Sunday Westwood started brilliantly, picking up three shots in the first five holes.

But a bogey at the sixth was followed by two dropped shots at the ninth.

He was one under for the round once more after a birdie at 10, and then dropped to one over with bogeys at 12 and 15.

Birdie at the last saw him card a level par round of 72, ending the event 14 under, eight shots behind McIlroy and earning €44,318.

His fellow Worksop Golf Club product Foster began the tournament with a 73, and followed that with a three under par round on Friday.

After Saturday’s 67 he was seven under for the event, but playing alongside French pair Raphaël Jacquelin and Grégory Bourdy he was one over for Sunday’s round.

His finish left him with a share of 42nd place and €12,954 – his best result in the three tournaments he’s played in 2015 thus far.

Winner McIlroy shot rounds of 66, 64, 66 and 70.