Irish Open winner Donaldson takes victory in Abu Dhabi

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, who waited 11 years and 255 events for his first European Tour victory at the Irish Open last July, added another today when he won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by one shot.

Irish Open winner Donaldson takes victory in Abu Dhabi

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, who waited 11 years and 255 events for his first European Tour victory at the Irish Open last July, added another today when he won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by one shot.

Donaldson was five under for the day when he three-putted the last for a bogey six and round of 68.

That left England’s Justin Rose and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen needing to birdie the 567-yard hole to force a play-off, but Olesen missed from 18 feet and Rose lipped out from 12.

Earlier former Ryder Cup star David Howell, one ahead after 10 holes, followed a bogey on the 12th with a nightmare double bogey at the next. He was bunkered and then amazingly four-putted from only four feet.

Howell had to be content with a tie for sixth place when a first victory for seven years would have taken him comfortably back into the game’s top 100.

Donaldson, who earned his Masters spot by climbing into the top 50 by the end of last year, will be around 30th when the new rankings are published tomorrow.

“It’s pretty surreal really and I got away with murder there at the last,” he added. “The wait was nerve-wracking. I thought one of them would hole, if not both.”

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