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Rory McIlroy wins Dubai Desert Classic by 3 shots

  • Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 2nd hole during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 2nd hole during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland follows his ball on the 1st hole during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland follows his ball on the 1st hole during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alex Noren of Sweden follows his ball on the 14th hole during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb.1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Alex Noren of Sweden follows his ball on the 14th hole during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb.1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

An unrelenting Rory McIlroy secured his second Dubai Desert Classic title in six years with a 2-under 70 in the final round to win by three shots on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman's 22-under 266 total matched the lowest in the history of the tournament, set by Stephen Gallacher in 2013 and Thomas Bjorn in 2001.

The top-ranked McIlroy, whose win here in 2009 was his first as a professional, made just three birdies Sunday but kept the mistakes off his card. His only bogey of the round came on the par-3 seventh hole at Emirates Golf Club's Majlis course.

Sweden's Alexander Noren, making a comeback this season from a wrist injury, had eight birdies in his round of 65 to take second place at 19 under.