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20 April 2024

Kaymer completes Abu Dhabi double

Martin Kaymer of Germany hoist the trophy after his victory. (ERIK ARAZAS)

By Agencies

Germany's Martin Kaymer won the €1.5 million (Dh8.25m) Abu Dhabi Golf Championship for the second time in three years Sunday when he prevailed over Ian Poulter by one shot.

Kaymer, who started the day one ahead of Poulter and Rory McIlroy, shot a six-under par 66 to finish with a four-day tally of 21-under-par 267.

"It has been four fantastic days, especially today," Kaymer said after his fifth European Tour success. "I played very solid especially the front nine, and I was hitting a lot of fairways and hitting a lot of greens along with a lot of good putts.

"So I am really pleased with a 66 as it was very tight in the middle of the round where Poulter made a few birdies and then all of a sudden McIlroy made a few birdies and I was not leading the tournament.

"So I was one behind after 12 holes so to win with a 66 is very pleasing."

McIlroy dropped just one shot on his way to a five-under 67 to claim third place, a further shot adrift.

Irish Open champion Shane Lowry posted his best finish on the European Tour since turning professional with his bogey-free 67 securing fourth at 17 under.

Poulter matched Kaymer with a final round 66 of his own, but Kaymer edged ahead with a birdie on the final hole.

McIlroy, who had a slow start and was only one-under at the turn, made four birdies on the back nine of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club to finish at 19-under par 269.


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