ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Englishman Tyrrell Hatton shot 6-under par within the remaining spherical Sunday to win the season-opening Abu Dhabi Championship by four strokes after in a single day chief Rory McIlroy pale with an even-par 72 to drop into third.
Hatton carded a closing 66 to complete 18 underneath par and safe a sixth European Tour title, a victory that may go a good distance towards securing a second Ryder Cup look in September.
Australia’s Jason Scrivener recorded an eagle and 5 birdies in a again 9 29 to say second place on 14 underneath, with McIlroy a shot additional again following a disappointing remaining spherical.
McIlroy held a 1-shot benefit initially on Sunday and doubled his lead due to birdies on the second and third, however three-putted the fourth and likewise dropped a shot on the par-five eighth following a poor drive.
Enjoying associate Hatton matched McIlroy’s birdie on the second and likewise picked up pictures on the seventh and ninth to succeed in the flip with a 2-shot lead.
McIlroy seemed sure to shut the hole when he discovered the par-five 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.
McIlroy now has 4 second-place finishes, 4 thirds and a fifth in his final 10 begins in Abu Dhabi, however will probably be disillusioned 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.