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Tommy Fleetwood
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24 January, 2017

Tommy Fleetwood ended a three-and-a-half year winless run on the European Tour with a one-shot victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Fleetwood and his rivals took advantage, with the 26-year-old Englishman's superb final round of five-under 67 featuring four birdies and an eagle in the last 11 holes.

Only an eagle from Pablo Larrazabal in the final group could deny Fleetwood, and when the 2014 champion's approach came up short, Fleetwood celebrated with his team behind the green.

This win will lift him from a ranking of No. 102 to near the top 50.

Aphibarnrat grabbed the early initiative and leapfrogged the overnight leader, Tyrrell Hatton, with birdies on his first two holes, before temporarily moving two ahead when Hatton bogeyed the third.

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The Southport-born star had finished second three times since his maiden Tour win at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in 2013, but drew on those experiences to go one better in the United Arab Emirates. But where I'm at this year, obviously going into next week and with the game.

An eagle at the 18th saw Johnson grab a share of second, with Aphibarnat dropping in to tied-fourth after closing his three-under 69 with a par at the last. "It took me a few drops (from a cart path) to get the flawless spot but I just had a go at it". It's been an awkward curve and massive comeback.

"The only thing left was "let's get a win" but, you know, you keep knocking on the door and it will come". "You don't want to be hanging around".

"I needed to make that putt on 17", said Johnson, who only made one birdie in the first 12 holes. I didn't really think it would be this week. Fleetwood birdied two of his final three (including the last) for the win. "But overall, I'm really happy with everything", he said. "I holed a few big putts and chipped in which was great, but four bogeys on Sunday afternoon is not good enough and that was what killed me".

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