Fowler wins in Abu Dhabi

 24 Jan 2016 - 16:39

Fowler wins in Abu Dhabi
Rickie Fowler of the USA plays a putt during the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 2016 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 24 January 2016. EPA/ALI HAIDER

Abu Dhabi: World number six Rickie Fowler secured his first title of the new year when he won the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Sunday.

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 Rory 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 to late and he finished on 11-under par 278.