Pablo Larrazabal's silky short game skills gained him a tie for second alongside Dustin Johnson in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, as he carded a wild final round 4-under-par 35-33=68 for a 72-hole total of 16-under 272, one shy of the winner Tommy Fleetwood.
The Spaniard, winner of the tournament in 2014, came mighty close to lifting the trophy for a second time despite tossing bogeys and birdies right across his card. He dropped shots at 3, 6 and 11 early on, but gained them at 4, 8, 9 and 10. On the 12th he drained a 35'0" birdie, one of ten par-three birdies he made all week. At 13 his sand skills saved par, at 14 he chipped in for birdie, at 15 he finally couldn't find the magic from off the green and made bogey. Refusing to be beat, he circled 17 from 25'0", but pushing for the eagle he needed at the last to force a play-off he came up short with birdie. He may have lost out on the title, yet he leaves with his reputation added to; he was strong in contention. Jan 22 - 8:02 AM