Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal captured the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday, shooting a final-round score of 67 to win the tournament by one stroke.
Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlory finished tied for second.
Larrazabal, who started Sunday three strokes off the lead, talked about his remarkable play over the last few holes:
The birdie at 13 gave me the confidence to keep it going and I hit great shots coming in. The five wood at 18 is maybe the best shot of my golfing career (Reuters).
McIlroy, who shot a 68 in the final round, said coming up just short of the win is something he can build on:
It’s frustrating – I’ve played well the whole week.
It’s a very positive start to the season so I’m not going to let one little negative ruin that.
I came in here telling everyone that I’m really happy with my game and done some good work and felt like it was coming together for me at the end of last year. I’ve continued that on, so I’m really excited for the rest of the season.
Mickelson also had a frustrating finish. He started the day by sinking three birdies in the first 10 holes, but a triple bogey on the 13th hole derailed his comeback chances.