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With a stacked leaderboard that included three of the world's top five players, Rafael Cabrera-Bello was able to come out on top at the 2012 Omega Dubai Desert Classic. For Cabrera-Bello it is his first win on the European Tour this season and second of his career. Even though it was a great win on his end, all of the top players seemed to disappoint on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy was ranked number two in the Official World Golf Rankings heading into the event, and was two behind leader Lee Westwood after day three. McIlroy got off to a poor start with a bogey on the first hole on Sunday and couldn't really get anything going all day, especially with the putter. Even though he hit 15 greens in regulation Rory had 30 putts on the day and finished in a tie for fifth overall.

Lee Westwood was ranked number three (now number two), and looked to be in great shape to pick up his first win of the year. After getting an eagle on the second hole Westwood looked as if he would, but then somehow couldn't make any putts for the rest of the day. Similar to McIlroy Westwood hit 14 out of 18 greens in regulation but had 31 putts on Sunday. He finished with a two under 70, and tied for second overall.

The last of the trio was Martin Kaymer, who similar to McIlroy was only two shots out of the lead heading into the final round and needed to have a strong day in order to win. For Kaymer though everything seemed to fall apart with his golf game on Sunday, with only 6 fairways hit, 12 greens in regulation, and 31 putts. Kaymer finished in a tie for thirteenth after shooting a 74.

Even though all three of them played poorly on Sunday it shouldn't take away from their performances throughout the week. All of them were playing great and were in contention to win the event, but similar to what happened with Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach, they all just had off-days for no apparent reason.

Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.

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