Germany’s Martin Kaymer birdied the final hole to edge out Ian Poulter by a shot and win his second Abu Dhabi Golf Championship title in three years.
Overnight leader Kaymer, the 2008 champion and last year’s runner-up, topped the leaderboard at 21-under-par as his bogey-free final-round 66 was enough to see off Poulter, who also hit 66 in a valiant display.
Rory McIlroy dropped just one shot on his way to a five-under 67 to claim third place, a further shot adrift.
Irish Open champion Shane Lowry posted his best finish on the European Tour since turning professional with his bogey-free 67 securing fourth at 17 under.
With Kaymer and Poulter level heading onto the final tee after trading blows all day, the German crucially found the centre of the fairway while his playing partner pushed his drive into the left rough.
After Poulter was forced to lay-up, Kaymer found the green with his approach and rolled to within two feet to leave Poulter with a 20-foot putt to stay in the hunt.
And despite his putting being the highlight of an outstanding week, Poulter missed the birdie chance allowing Kaymer to hold his nerve and land a fifth European Tour title after winning his first at Abu Dhabi Golf Club two years earlier.
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, who finished tied second with Kaymer 12 months ago, dropped his only shot of a final round 66 at the last to finish alone in fifth at 16 under.
Argentina’s Ariel Canete posted the best final round as an eight-under-par 64 secured sixth alongside Wales’ Rhys Davies (67), with Danish duo Anders Hansen (67) and Soren Hansen (67) rounding out the top 10 tied for eighth six shots adrift.