ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Englishman Tyrrell Hatton shot a glowing 6-under-par 66 within the closing spherical on Sunday to win the season-opening Abu Dhabi Championship by 4 strokes after in a single day chief Rory McIlroy pale with an uninspired even-par 72 to drop into third.
Hatton completed at 18 underneath par and secured a sixth European Tour title, a victory that can go a great distance in the direction of securing a second Ryder Cup look in September.
Australia’s Jason Scrivener recorded an eagle and 5 birdies in a back-nine 29 to say second place on 14 underneath, with McIlroy a shot additional again following a disappointing closing spherical.
McIlroy held a one-shot benefit at the beginning on Sunday and doubled his lead because of birdies on the second and third, however three-putted the fourth and in addition dropped a shot on the par-5 eighth following a poor drive.
Taking part in competitor Hatton matched McIlroy’s birdie on the second and in addition picked up photographs on the seventh and ninth to achieve the flip with a two-shot lead.
McIlroy appeared sure to shut the hole when he discovered the par-5 10th in two, inches nearer to the outlet than Hatton was in three, however Hatton holed from 35 ft for an unlikely birdie and McIlroy two-putted for his.
A bogey on the 11th dropped McIlroy additional off the tempo and Hatton made sure of victory with birdies on the 13th and 16th holes.
McIlroy now has 4 second-place finishes, 4 thirds and a fifth in his final 10 begins in Abu Dhabi, however will probably be upset at failing to say his first win since November 2019, particularly after beginning with an outstanding 64.
The Abu Dhabi Championship begins a run of three occasions within the Gulf swing – the Dubai Desert Traditional and the Saudi Worldwide come subsequent.