Tommy Fleetwood claims one-shot victory at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

WGC golfer Tom Lewis

Over the weekend the European Tour solicited the "Awkward Reporter" to interview some unsuspecting pros at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Johnson, the U.S. Open champion, eagled the last for a 68 and a share of second place with Larrazabal on 16 under.

Overnight leader Tyrrell Hatton struggled to a closing 75 to finish in a tie for 13th.

Johnson is showing a steady improvement on the 7,583-yard, American-style National Course, which was always going to suit one of the biggest hitters in the sport.

Championship, a second successive round of six-under par 66 giving the German a one-shot lead at the halfway stage.

Ryan Fox finished tied for 19th in Abu Dhabi. Just a couple shots here and there and who knows what could have happened. "You've got to take those chances if you want to win".

He's in contention despite missing out on the par 5s, which are usually his strength.

"I'll make four birdies tomorrow, it will be all right", said Johnson, who switched back to an old putter after the first round. "Obviously got off to a rough start the first day".

Danny Willett is the current Masters champion, Matt Fitzpatrick won the World Tour Championship at the end of a year ago, and Justin Rose is the Olympic champion.


"On 18 I got a good break", Fleetwood admitted.

Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Martin Kaymer, all recent major winners, couldn't keep up with Fleetwood, who ended his 3 1/2-year wait for a second European Tour title.

After his first win for three and a half years, Tommy Fleetwood may agree with that sentiment.

Sixteen players are within three shots of the lead.

Cabrera-Bello had a superb 2016, except for the fact that he did not win any tournament. "That always gives you a little bit more satisfaction, so it will be an exciting day no matter what".

Now, the German is the hunter. I saw some good things out of the golf game this week.

Fleetwood, 26, from Southport, said of his win: "I didn't see this coming. I know I've done very well here in the past, so I can play very free and very aggressive".

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