ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood broke free from a pack of contenders containing three major champions to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by one shot on Sunday, ending the Englishman’s 3½-year wait for a second European Tour title.
In a tense final round in which five players held the lead, the 26-year-old Fleetwood chipped in for eagle from 20 yards at the par-5 10th hole to spark a back nine of 31. That helped him to a 5-under 67, the lowest score of a windy day, and 17 under overall.
Only an eagle from Pablo Larrazabal in the final group could deny Fleetwood, and when the 2014 champion’s approach came up short, Fleetwood celebrated with his team behind the green.
Major winners Dustin Johnson (68), Martin Kaymer (69) and Henrik Stenson (69) were in the chasing pack all day, with three-time winner Kaymer leading on his own for two holes before dropping three shots in a five-hole stretch around the turn.
Johnson, the U.S. Open…