Golf: Abu Dhabi Championship: Gary Stal beats Martin Kaymer to title

Martin Kaymer blew a six-shot overnight lead to hand Gary Stal his first win on the European Tour at the Abu Dhabi Championship in a frantic final round.

Kaymer looked like cruising to a fourth title in Abu Dhabi after making three birdies in his opening four holes, even threatening his record of 24-under from 2011, but a bogey at six – his first dropped shot 47 holes at Abu Dhabi Golf Club – was followed by a double at nine and a triple-bogey seven at 13.

Stal, ranked 357 in the world at the start of the week, pounced with six birdies between holes 4 to 11 and held himself together down the stretch, picking up another shot at the 16th to capture his maiden title on the main tour thanks to a seven-under 65 for 19-under overall.

Kaymer shot 75 for 17-under and third place behind world No.1 Rory McIlroy, who has now finished in the top two in his last six European Tour events.

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