Jan 22nd, 2017
Tommy Fleetwood wins Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Sizzling last round 67 does the trick
Words: Tim Southwell & John Dean Photography: Getty Images
Good work Tommy Fleetwood!!
Tommy shot a superb five under 67 to clinch his second European Tour victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. He won by a single shot over Pablo Larrazabal and Dustin Johnson, who both shot 68s, but could not catch Tommy, who played the back nine brilliantly, coming home in 31 to win his second European Tour title.
His maiden victory had come back in 2013 at the Johnnie Walker in Gleneagles, so it’s been quite a wait for Tommy to taste victory for the second time, and on a much bigger stage.
He started the day a shot behind Tyrrell Hatton, who had shot a 68 to lead the tournament, and made the turn in 36 on a day when gusting winds made scoring hard.
A wonderful chip–in eagle on the tenth give him the impetus he needed, and three birdies helped him to a 17 under total and a one–shot win over US Open champion Dustin Johnson and 2014 winner in Abu Dhabi Pablo Larrazábal.
He’s had ten top 20 finishes in his last 14 starts, which included a tie for third in his first event of the new season at the UBS Hong Kong Open, so this win has clearly been coming.
Johnson closed out his round with an eagle on the 18th for a 68 with Larrazábal signing for the same score after a rollercoaster of a final round, which included eight birdies and four bogeys.
Austria's Bernd Wiesberger also carded a 68 in finishing at 15 under alongside three–time champion Martin Kaymer and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who had rounds of 69.
Fleetwood’s last win at the Johnnie Walker saw him pocket a handy €272,273. He also collected €64,000 for his Challenge Tour victory at the Kazakhstan Open in 2011. But his win in Abu Dhabi will bring in a different kind of gravy, as he wins €421,139.