So cool Fleetwood lights up Abu Dhabi

 

LANCASTRIAN Tommy Fleetwood kept his cool on the back nine to come home in 31 and win his second European Tour title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The Southport ace entered the day a shot behind overnight leader Tyrrell Hatton and turned in 36 on a day of tough scoring and gusting winds at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

A wonderful chip-in eagle on the tenth then sparked his round to life and three further birdies helped him seal a 17 under total and a one-shot win over US Open champion Dustin Johnson and 2014 winner in Abu Dhabi Pablo Larrazábal.

It was a first win in three years and 150 days for the man who turned 26 on Thursday and has finished in the top 50 in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex for the past four seasons.

It also continued a fine run of form since last season’s Open Championship, with ten top 20 finishes in his last 14 starts and 42 rounds of par or better in his last 43.

Johnson finished with an eagle on the last in a closing 68 with Larrazábal signing for the same score after a rollercoaster of a final round.

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger also signed for a 68 in finishing at 15 under alongside three-time champion Martin Kaymer and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who had rounds of 69.

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