Golf Roundup: McIlroy one shot behind leaders Fisher, Pieters in Abu Dhabi

Annette Crawford
January 21, 2018

Rory McIlroy struggled to find third gear in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; his 2-under-par 34-36=70 left him T3 on 18-under 270, four back of the victor Tommy Fleetwood. On 17 his approach came up short in sand, had a terrible lie and he failed to save par; the title bid, already stretched by Fleetwood's back nine blitz, was over despite a 72nd hole birdie. He later added a birdie on the 16th, but that was not enough to catch Fleetwood and he finished with a 69 for a 20-under finish.

Fisher was playing some superb golf behind him, though, and he rolled in a 50-foot putt for an eagle at the second before adding birdies at the fourth and seventh.

Rory McIlroy, who closed with a 70, shared third place with Matthew Fitzpatrick two shots adrift of Fisher, while Pieters and Chris Paisley were a shot further back.


But Fleetwood then birdied the 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th and 18th holes for a seven-under par 65 round to finish on 22-under 267.

He shot a third-round two-over par 74 - including three bogeys and a double bogey on a disastrous back nine - to sit at one-under overall.

Fox started poorly with a bogey on the first hole in Abu Dhabi, but rallied with four birdies to keep himself in the reckoning for places.

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