IRELAND’S RORY MCILROY earned third place at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship today after a superb putt (see above) saw him complete an 18th-hole eagle.
World number six Rickie Fowler secured his first title of the new year when he won the $2.7 million prize
At Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Fowler opened up a two-shot lead following a 65 in his third round that was eventually completed in the morning, and then shot a three-under par 69 for a 16-under par total.
The 27-year-old American finished one shot ahead of Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, who shot a 67 to tally 15-under par 273 for the four days.
World number three McIlroy and world number five Henrik Stenson were tied third at 14-under par.
World number one Jordan Spieth made three birdies in a row on the back nine from the 12th hole, but his charge came too late and he finished on 11-under par 278.
In addition, Darren Clarke finished the tournament on one under par.
Additional reporting by Paul Fennessy