Hatton Displaces McIlroy To Consecrate Himself In Abu Dhabi


ABU DABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – England’s Tyrrell Hatton signed a 6-stroke card under par in the final round to claim the Abu Dhabi Championship title, the first tournament of the season, on Sunday.

Hatton’s brilliant last round allowed him to beat Rory McIlroy, the leader at the start of the day, by four strokes and who deflated with a 72 to finish third.

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Hatton scored a 66 on the card to complete an 18 under par, clinching his sixth PGA European tour title and which could be key to being called up for a second Ryder Cup in September.

Australian Jason Scrivener recorded an eagle and five birdies in the second part of the round to finish second with 14 under par.

McIlroy has four second places, four third places and one fifth in his last 10 starts in Abu Dhabi. He leaves disappointed after missing the opportunity for his first title since November 2019, especially for having started with a superb 64.

Paraguayan Fabrizio Zanotti scored a 69 on Sunday to finish 10th.

The Abu Dhabi Championship begins a series of three tournaments in the Persian Gulf. It is followed by the Desert Classic in Dubai and the Saudi International.

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