Kaymer collects first tour title

Rookie of the year Martin Kaymer held his nerve during today's final round at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to claim a maiden European Tour title with a four-stroke victory over England's Lee Westwood and Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

Rookie of the year Martin Kaymer held his nerve during today's final round at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to claim a maiden European Tour title with a four-stroke victory over England's Lee Westwood and Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

The 23-year-old from Germany began the day with a six-stroke lead over Camberley's one-time Tour winner Anthony Wall and carded a final two-over-par 74 as Westwood and Stenson fell short of overhauling the overnight leader.

Dubai Desert Classic champion Stenson claimed a tie for second with a final-round 71, while Westwood fired a battling 70 which included a bogey at the last.

Paul McGinley was the best of the Irish, finishing tied for ninth on eight under par.

Padraig Harrington and Rory McIllroy all finished tied for 11th -7. Peter Lawrie finished six under, Damien McGrane two over and Darren Clarke three over.

Westwood, who had backed himself to catch Kaymer following his third-round, seven-under-par 65, had a chance to move within one with six holes to play but agonisingly missed a 10-foot downhill putt.

He also missed a 20-foot birdie chance at the 16th before hitting his second shot at the next over the back of the green and having to scramble for a par four.

Westwood's dropped shot at the last handed Kaymer a comfortable three-stroke cushion heading down the 18th fairway and he made no mistake to collect the US$333,000 (€227,762) first prize with a birdie four - only his second of the final round.

England's Richard Finch, Spain's Ignacio Garrido and Sweden's Peter Hedblom finished tied for third at 10 under par.

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