Stephen Gallacher thinks Rory McIlroy is in Tiger's class

Will Rory McIlroy return to No. 1 in the world? (USATSI)
Will Rory McIlroy return to No. 1 in the world? (USATSI)

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Stephen Gallacher won the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday for the second time in as many years. 

He beat Emiliano Grillo by one stroke and Brooks Koepka and Romain Wattel by two each. He beat Tiger Woods by 10 strokes and Rory McIlroy by four.

The world's new No. 37 golfer, and playing partner of McIlroy's and Woods' in the first two rounds in Dubai, then talked about how good he thinks McIlroy is.

"His first round was unbelievable," Gallacher said. "I shot 66 and it felt like 75. His ball flight is just phenomenal."

McIlroy shot a 63 in the first round which Gallacher matched with one of his own in the third round that included a 28 on the back nine.

"I've never played with anyone who flights it as good as him. I think he'll soon be contending with Tiger for the number one spot. He's a class player."

Agreed, he's back. 

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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