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Shane Lowry Fights Back To Win In Abu Dhabi

Shane Lowry Fights Back To Win In Abu Dhabi

A bogey by Lowry on the 11th hole gave Sterne a four-shot advantage, but the burly Irishman bounced right back with back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes.

"I didn't think I had that in me today".

The 31-year-old Lowry claimed his fourth European Tour title with a one-shot victory over South African Richard Sterne.

Joost Luiten was 3rd two shots further back while Louis Oosthuizen finished alone in 4th position.

"I just kept telling myself, just hang in there".

Lowry won for the first time since he captured the World Golf Championship at Firestone in the summer of 2015.

Sterne, who closed with a 69, applied plenty of pressure by opening with four birdies in five holes to take a one-shot lead, and Lowry started to falter around the turn with a pair of bogeys that dropped him four shots behind.

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"How hard I fought, the putts I holed".

The Irishman had led Sterne by three shots on 17 under par heading into Saturday's play, but was two over for the round through 11 holes.

The European Tour event boasts an impressive field, with world number two Brooks Koepka and world number three Dustin Johnson both taking part.

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"You know, it was weird because obviously I started three ahead, and I was level par through six, and he 3-putt 6 to go back all tied for the lead", recalled Lowry. I was courageous out there today.

Lowry missed from eight feet to save par at the third but bounced back to birdie the next from close range, only for Sterne to pitch in from off the fifth green and move one ahead.

"I'm just so grateful that I've won this and I'm so happy, and I'm going to really enjoy it because you just don't know when it's going to happen again".