Kaymer wins Abu Dhabi Golf Championship
ABU DHABI: Germany''s Martin Kaymer won the 1.5 million euro Abu Dhabi Golf Championship for the second time in three years Sunday when he prevailed over Ian Poulter by one shot.
Kaymer, who started the day one ahead of Poulter and Rory McIlroy, shot a six-under par 66 to finish with a four-day tally of 21-under-par 267.
Poulter matched him with a 66 of his own, but Kaymer edged ahead with a birdie on the final hole.
McIlroy, who had a slow start and was only one-under at the turn, made four birdies on the back nine of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club to finish at 19-under par 269 for sole third place.
It was Kaymer''s fifth win on the European Tour and he is expected to go up to sixth place when the new world rankings are released tomorrow.
Such has been his dominance in Abu Dhabi since 2008 that his worst finish was a second place last year.
In all, he has won 603,162 euros in his last three appearances here, and is a combined 56-under par for his last 12 rounds. In 2008, his winning total was 15-under par.
It was an exhilarating performance from the leading trio, who made 18 birdies between them, for a solitary bogey by McIlroy.