Rory McIlroy won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after securing a three-shot lead from the rest of the field and was never pushed for the victory. This is his second trophy at the event, after he got his first one in 2009, which was his first professional victory.

The 25 - year - old Northern Irishman played well all week and had a four-shot overnight lead. He closed his final round on 69, which gave him a low total of 22 under par.

His nearest challenger for the title was Danish golfer Morten Orum Madsen, 26, but he triple-bogeyed the first in a poor round to hand second place to Sweden's Alex Noren, who carded an excellent round of 65 which gave him 19 under par.

Noren won three European Tour Titles between 2009 and 2011, but managed only two events last season and was delighted with his runner - up position at this tournament.

Defending Champion, the 2014 winner, Stephen Gallacher's round of 69 was enough to secure third place, six shots behind the champion McIlroy.

Next for McIlroy after Dubai is a High Court date in Dublin on the 3rd February, to settle a long-running dispute with his former management company Horizon Sports. This is the most sensational lawsuit for many years in which the World's No. 1 sportsman is suing Horizon Sports, who, in turn, are countersuing McIlroy for unpaid fees. Horizon is run by Conor Ridge, who will fiercely defend his company's reputation.

McIlroy's mate, another Northern Ireland golfer, Graeme McDowell also has the same management company. It has been claimed that the court case does not affect their friendship.

The case has been dragging on for 18 months with no sign of an amicable resolution outside the courts. The court case that begins on Tuesday is expected to last for six weeks and McIlroy may be called at the end of the first week to be in the witness stand for as long as ten days!

The worst case scenario that could hit the World number one golfer would be that he ends up paying up to a £35 million court action bill. However, given his career earnings, that would be small beer to the Northern Irishman!