• Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Round Four

Donaldson edges Rose to win in Abu Dhabi

ESPN staff
January 20, 2013
Jamie Donaldson went round in four-under on the final day © Getty Images

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Wales' Jamie Donaldson has won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship beating overnight leader Justin Rose by one shot.

Donaldson, four-under for the final round, carded five birdies but took three putts to hole at the 18th, giving him a nervous wait to see if Rose could take the match to a play-off.

The Englishman had a birdie putt from 12 feet but was not accurate enough meaning Donaldson secured the second European Tour victory of his 13-year career.

Thorbjorn Olesen was tied with Rose in second after going round in three-under and could also have forced a play-off had he nailed his 15-yard putt on the last.

The Dane had been tied with Donaldson at the end of round three as the pair sat two shots behind Rose - who was the highest ranked player in the field following the cut. But Rose's standing gave a false impression as he went round in 71, his worst of the competition, while Donaldson carded a 68 and Olesen a 69.

"It's pretty surreal really, I've played really good all week although I've got away with murder up the last," said Donaldson after his win. "I thought one of them would hole if not both, but when both putts slipped by it was my week. I'm very happy to be stood here holding the trophy."

The main story of the early rounds was that Tiger Woods and US PGA champion Rory McIlroy both failed to make the cut. McIlroy was competing in his first tournament with Nike clubs but refused to blame his equipment, laying the fault solely with his personal performance.

"All aspects of my game were off," McIlroy said. "I did not drive the ball well. My iron play was not near the standard it usually is. It is the first week [using new clubs], I would not look too much into that. It is more the Indian than the arrow."

Former world No. 9 David Howell looked like he might record his first victory in seven years at one stage by charging into the lead on the final day, hitting five birdies in the first ten holes.

But he then bogeyed the 12th and triple bogeyed the next, wrecking his chances of overall victory and forcing him to card a 71, leaving him sixth.

Germany's Martin Kaymer finished level with the Englishman after he went round in a last-day 69.

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