Fowler clinches title

ABU DHABI: World No 6 Rickie Fowler secured his first title of the new year when he won the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Sunday. At Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Fowler opened up a two-shot lead following a 65 in his third round that was eventually completed in the morning, and then shot a three-under 69 for a 16-under par total. He finished one shot ahead of Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, who shot a 67 to tally 15-under par 273 for the four days. World No 3 Rory McIlroy and world No 5 Henrik Stenson were tied third at 14-under par. World No 1 Jordan Spieth made three birdies in a row on the back nine from the 12th hole, but his charge came too late and he finished on 11-under par 278.