Stal lifts trophy after Kaymer meltdown

French golfer comes from 10 shots behind to win the Abu Dhabi Championship; overnight leader Kaymer finishes third.

    Stal is ranked 357th in the world [Getty Images]
    Stal is ranked 357th in the world [Getty Images]

    Gary Stal of France came from 10 shots behind to capitalise on an improbable meltdown by Martin Kaymer and win the Abu Dhabi Championship after a frantic final round.

    Kaymer looked like cruising to a fourth title in Abu Dhabi after making three birdies in his opening four holes to extend his six-stroke lead from overnight, only to drop six shots in seven holes around the turn.

    The 357-ranked Stal pounced with six birdies from 4-11 and held himself together down the stretch, picking up another shot at the 16th to capture his first European Tour title. He shot a 7-under 65 and was 19-under 269 overall.

    Kaymer shot 75 for a 17-under total and third place.

    When he teed off on the sixth, he was 10 shots clear on 23-under - and only a shot off his record score around the National Course.

    "A little shocked, surprised,'' Kaymer said. "I don't know how to put it into words.''

    Top-ranked Rory McIlroy had a 66 to finish a shot behind Stal in second, where he has now placed four times in Abu Dhabi.

    SOURCE: AP


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