Tyrrell Hatton produced an excellent final round to win the Abu Dhabi Championship by four strokes as Australian Jason Scrivener delivered a quite dazzling last nine holes to finish as runner-up.
England’s Hatton carded a closing 66 to finish 18-under par, secure a sixth European Tour title and fourth in the lucrative Rolex Series, a victory which will go a long way towards securing a second Ryder Cup appearance in September.
Behind him, Perth’s 31-year-old Scrivener recorded an eagle and five birdies in a back nine of 29 to claim the runner’s up spot on 14-under, with Rory McIlroy a shot further back following a disappointing 72.
For the South African-born Scrivener, it was a brilliant start to the season, playing in his first tournament for two months, as he enjoyed the biggest pay-day of his career, a cool $US880,880 ($A1.1 million) while Hatton scooped $US1,333,330 ($A1.7 million) .
McIlroy had taken a one-shot advantage into the final round and doubled his lead thanks to birdies on the second and third, but three-putted the fourth and also dropped a shot on the par-five eighth following a poor drive.
Playing partner Hatton matched McIlroy’s birdie on the second and also picked up shots on the seventh and ninth to reach the turn with a two-shot lead.
McIlroy looked certain to close the gap when he found the par-five 10th in two, inches closer to the hole than Hatton was in three, but Hatton holed from 35 feet for an unlikely birdie and McIlroy two-putted for his.
A bogey on the 11th dropped McIlroy further off the pace and Hatton made certain of victory with birdies on the 13th and 16th.
McIlroy now has four second-place finishes, four thirds and a fifth in his last 10 starts in Abu Dhabi, but will be disappointed at failing to claim his first win since November 2019, especially after starting with a superb 64.