Fleetwood bulldozers way to victory in Abu Dhabi

Fleetwood bulldozers way to victory in Abu Dhabi

Fleetwood bulldozers way to victory in Abu Dhabi

A series of spectacular puts on the final nine of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship earned Tommy Fleetwood the title for the second year in succession.

Storming up from behind, Fleetwood holed a 12 foot putt on the tenth, a 15 foot putt on the twelfth, 8 foot on the thirteenth, 30 foot on the fifteenth and 40 foot on the sixteenth – where he finally took the lead.

To round things off, he birdied the last with a 5 foot putt.

Race to Dubai champion Fleetwood posted a final round of 65, giving him an unbeatable aggregate of 22 under par – two shots ahead of his nearest rival, fellow Englishman Ross Fisher.

Fisher had been overnight joint-leader with Thomas Pieters and held a five shot lead over Fleetwood with only nine to go. But a bogey at the tenth marked the start of an unlikely turn-around.

Belgian Thomas Pieters had fallen away and was already five shots behind Fisher when he posting a double bogey at the eleventh. Meanwhile Fleetwood bulldozered his way to victory.

In his come-back tournament Rory McIlroy was an impressive joint third, alongside Matt Fitzpatrick – giving UK players a clean sweep of the top places.

The win is set earn Fleetwood a top ten place in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Speaking after his win he said he had been “a bit lucky” but that “it was pretty good on that back nine.”

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