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Tuesday 28 March 2017

Bogey blues hit Dunne for six in Abu Dhabi

Tommy Fleetwood Picture: Reuters
Tommy Fleetwood Picture: Reuters

A nightmare final round of 77 ended any hopes of Paul Dunne challenging for the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship as England's Tommy Fleetwood claimed a dramatic victory on the final hole.

The 26-year-old Englishman recorded his second win on the European Tour with a birdie on the final hole to deprive Dustin Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal of a play-off, thanks to a final round 67 to finish on 17 under par, a shot ahead of US Open champion Johnson - who eagled the last - and Spain's Larrazabal.

Dunne started out just four shots off overnight leader Tyrell Hatton, but endured his worst round of the competition.

Six bogeys, compared to four in his previous three rounds, put paid to any chance of remaining high on the leaderboard, though he began in decent form.

The Greystones golfer was level par for the day when he got to the fifth hole, but that was the beginning of three successive bogeys.

Fleetwood now has a Masters debut in his sights as victory lifts him from 102nd to just outside the top 50 in the world, with the top 50 on March 27 earning an invite to the first major of the year at Augusta National. The 26-year-old from Southport was a lowly 188th in the rankings at the start of September, but has reaped the rewards of returning to his former coach Alan Thompson and employing his friend Ian Finnis as his caddie.

Fleetwood: "I had a really hard time from July 2015 to July last year where I really struggled with my game. It's been an awkward curve and massive comeback."

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