McIlroy back into the lead in Abu Dhabi

McIlroy back into the lead in Abu Dhabi”

Rory McIlroy believes a strong wind impacted his putting as he fell short in his bid to start 2021 with a win at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

McIlroy, who held a one-shot lead heading into the final round, recorded four birdies offset by four bogeys on Sunday as he finished on 13-under overall.

"It's surreal to be honest", Hatton said after his sixth European Tour win.

Australia's challenge at the prestigious European Tour event still can not be ruled out, though, with Jason Scrivener lying seventh, five shots off the lead, and Wade Ormsby in joint-eighth, another shot behind.

Victor of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour past year, it was the fourth Rolex Series win for Hatton and he is expected to climb to number six in the world rankings on Monday.

"I played well and solid", he said.

But he continued his inconsistent streak of the last seven months, missing key putts and tee shots at crucial times.

European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington, meanwhile, is two-over-par after a three-over 75 in his third round, while Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry both missed the halfway cut after it was confirmed this morning.

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The Englishman eagled the second hole and later added four consecutive birdies before play was halted because of fading light after his tee shot on the 14th.

"I want to make it my turn".

"So I thought I did well. I drove it much better on the back nine and I hit it much better on the back nine, so I was really encouraged about that".

"I'm obviously in a great position at the moment", Hatton said. I felt like I was managing my game a bit. "[It's] nice to get a competitive week under my belt and see where my game is and what I need to do to keep on improving".

McIlroy looked certain to close the gap when he found the par-five 10th in two, inches closer to the hole than Hatton was in three, but Hatton holed from 35 feet for an unlikely birdie and McIlroy two-putted for his.

Bhullar, who was even par after 12 holes when play was suspended on Friday night, did not drop a shot over last six holes, but was also unable to birdie any and stayed at par.

"Just to win again is certainly very gratifying", said Clarke, who also tasted victory at the TimberTech Championship in Boca Raton, Florida in early November in his final tour start previous year. And the standard is so high, just it's incredible. "I've been fortunate these past couple of tournaments".

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