England's Lee Westwood claimed a two-shot victory at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Sunday to lift his 25th European Tour title.
An English victor always looked on the cards in the opening Rolex Series event of the new decade after Westwood, the overnight leader, found himself being chased by a couple of his compatriots, two-time victor Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Fitzpatrick.
Needing just a the same level at the last for triumph, Westwood discovered the heart of the par-five eco-friendly in 2 prior to securing his 2nd Rolex Series title as well as increasing his winning margin with a two-putt birdie. I was really good off the tee for the rest of the round too.
Matthew Fitzpatrick birdied his last two holes in a round of three-under par 69 to go fourth at 12-under par 204, while American Kurt Kitayama (68) and Spain's Sergio Garcia (69) were tied fifth one shot further behind.More news: Sara Ali Khan on being compared to Ananya Pandey and Janhvi Kapoor
Westwood is set to climb into the world's top 30, having started the week in 63rd, and a Ryder Cup ticket could be coming his way.
He said, "You just focus on what you do and every time, every week we play, someone is going to play golf and right now, it's Lee. I felt like I played some really good golf".
"I was trying to control me, control my emotions and control what I'm working on in the golf swing".
The lead turned into one when Westwood three-putted from off the 16 th eco-friendly, as Fitzpatrick - playing in the team in advance - finished a run of the same levels with a two-putt birdie at the last to shutting a blemish-free 67 as well as sign up with the share of 2nd.More news: Nvidia cuts price of GeForce RTX 2060 FE to US$299 - Graphics
Fitzpatrick is already in there and was pleased to start the year with a strong performance, he added: 'Front nine I felt like could I hole everything and managed to hole one putt for par, which was nice to keep a bit of momentum going.
"I know I'm talented enough to win the tournament, it's just a chance to apply on my own".
"I can't believe I'm that old", said an emotional Westwood, whose latest win came more than 23 years after his first on the Tour.
In his first appearance for three months following a knee injury, world No 1 Brooks Koepka closed with a 69 to finish joint-34th on eight-under.More news: Mithali Raj demoted to Grade B in BCCI central contracts