In the end, Rory McIlroy saved his worst round of the week for the final day at the Emirates GC.
The 24-year-old, who opened his Omega Dubai Desert Classic campaign with a flawless nine under 63, eventually finished tied for ninth after a final round 74.
The pre-tournament favourite, who played alongside winner Stephen Gallacher in the final pairing, struggled on the greens and managed just two birdies which were offset by four bogeys.
“It was just one of those days. It was one of those, I think anything that sort of could go wrong did,” said McIlroy.
“I hit a couple of loose drives but I didn’t really get away with them or stuff like that.
“I don’t know, it was tougher because the greens were firmer to get the ball close and then the rare times I did get the ball close, I didn’t make any putts.
“I didn’t get a couple of putts to go in early and I was struggling to read them today for some reason.
“I got JP to start reading them for me on the back nine and started to hole a bit more.
“The greens just changed colour a little bit and it was very hard to see. I felt like every putt I saw, like everything I read was straight even though it wasn’t.
“I just couldn’t see any sort of movement on them at all.”
Ireland’s Damien McGrane closed with a one under 71 that saw him end the tournament in a tie for 20th.
Michael Hoey had his best round of the week, a three under 69, that earned him a share of 54th.
World number one Tiger Woods made little impact on the leaderboard and rounded his tournament off with a 71.
Rory’s next event will be the WGC- Accenture Match-Play starting on February 19.