Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship R4

Westwood rolls back the years to claim 25th European Tour title

January 16-19
Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
$7,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Lee Westwood was a picture of composure on Sunday shooting a stunning round of 67 (-5) to win the 15th edition of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA by two shots to claim his 25th European Tour title.

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship R4 - Westwood wins
Lee Westwood with the trophy following his final rounds. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The Englishman, who has now won in four different decades on the European Tour, maintained his overnight lead and remained ice-cool on a beautiful day in Abu Dhabi to win the prestigious Falcon Trophy with five birdies and one bogey on his card.

The trophy was Westwood’s first victory on the European Tour since the 2018 Nedbank Golf Challenge as he became the fourth Englishman to lift the iconic Falcon Trophy.

Commenting on his memorable win, Westwood said: “I’m ecstatic. It’s been a good week. During the round I wasn’t really paying attention to what anyone else was doing. I was trying to control me, my emotions and my golf swing. I managed to do that well despite a slip-up at 16. I’m really pleased with how well I controlled myself all week. It’s nice to come out and keep proving that have you still got it.”


English compatriot, Tommy Fleetwood, charged up the leaderboard on the final day to finish tied-second with a sensational bogey-free round of 63 (-9) to equal the lowest round of the day alongside Victor Perez. Fleetwood has enjoyed enormous success in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA having claimed back-back victories in 2017 and 2018 and will be pleased with another strong performance in the desert.

Reviewing his week, Fleetwood commented: “It was a really good day. I felt that I got gradually better and better throughout the week. I struggled on Thursday but had a good practice session and then played well on Friday in tough conditions. I played so well yesterday but hit some ropey drives and missed a few putts. Today, I just went out and played great. It’s been a really enjoyable week.”

Frenchman, Victor Perez, also carded a remarkable 63 (-9) to finish one place short in his efforts to capture a second European Tour title, despite a magic eagle on the par five 18th. Matt Fitzpatrick, the third Englishman in the top four, put in another impressive performance on the big stage to post a 67 (-5) and send a strong message to Padraig Harrington that he belongs on the Ryder Cup team once more. 

Discussing his round, Perez stated: “It was one of those days where you get into the flow of things and play well. Obviously, I felt like I needed to have a good round and I’m pleased I did that today.”

Matt Fitzpatrick added: “I feel good about today’s round. Apart from one missed putt I wouldn’t take a shot back and that’s a great feeling. It wasn’t enough to win but it was a strong week.”


At the prize giving, Westwood humbly received his first Falcon Trophy from Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and was also awarded a unique, traditional Arabic bisht. Highly coveted in the region, the bisht is a fine coat that slips over the Kandoora. Designed with beautiful golden embroidery and two strings as a closure, the bisht is a chic garment that is usually worn at major events.


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Official World Golf Ranking

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Lee Westwood
ENG
-19
69
68
65
67
269
T2
Victor Perez
FRA
-17
70
70
68
63
271
T2
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-17
71
70
67
63
271
T2
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-17
68
67
69
67
271
5
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-15
69
68
70
66
273
T6
Shaun Norris
RSA
-14
64
77
68
65
274
T6
Ross Fisher
ENG
-14
70
71
66
67
274
T8
Martin Kaymer
GER
-13
68
73
69
65
275
T8
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-13
71
72
67
65
275
T8
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-13
67
69
69
70
275
T8
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-13
69
69
65
72
275
T12
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-12
73
68
69
66
276
T12
Paul Waring
ENG
-12
71
71
67
67
276
T12
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-12
73
69
67
67
276
T12
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-12
70
70
68
68
276
T12
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-12
67
68
71
70
276
T17
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-11
69
71
70
67
277
T17
Branden Grace
RSA
-11
68
72
69
68
277
T17
Scott Hend
AUS
-11
69
70
69
69
277
T17
Francesco Laporta
ITA
-11
71
63
69
74
277
T21
Renato Paratore
ITA
-10
64
72
76
66
278
T21
Gavin Green
MAS
-10
73
70
67
68
278
T21
Zach Murray
AUS
-10
67
72
70
69
278
T21
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-10
68
73
68
69
278
T21
Jordan Smith
ENG
-10
74
68
67
69
278
T21
Brandon Stone
RSA
-10
71
72
66
69
278
T21
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-10
75
65
68
70
278
T21
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-10
69
71
68
70
278
T21
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-10
70
73
64
71
278
T30
David Lipsky
USA
-9
73
69
68
69
279
T30
Yuxin Lin
CHN
-9
69
70
70
70
279
T30
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-9
68
70
70
71
279
T30
Jack Senior
ENG
-9
71
70
66
72
279
T34
Brooks Koepka
USA
-8
66
75
70
69
280
T34
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-8
71
72
67
70
280
T34
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-8
71
66
72
71
280
T34
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-8
68
73
67
72
280
T34
Romain Langasque
FRA
-8
70
71
67
72
280
T34
Zander Lombard
RSA
-8
67
71
69
73
280
T34
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-8
67
70
68
75
280
41
Haotong Li
CHN
-7
67
69
74
71
281
T42
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-6
71
70
72
69
282
T42
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-6
75
64
73
70
282
T42
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-6
69
72
71
70
282
T42
Joost Luiten
NED
-6
70
68
73
71
282
T42
Sean Crocker
USA
-6
72
70
68
72
282
T42
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
74
66
69
73
282
T42
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-6
71
69
69
73
282
T42
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-6
72
69
68
73
282
T42
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-6
70
73
65
74
282
T51
Justin Harding
RSA
-5
69
73
72
69
283
T51
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-5
70
67
75
71
283
T51
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-5
71
71
70
71
283
T51
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-5
70
70
70
73
283
T55
David Drysdale
SCO
-4
70
71
72
71
284
T55
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
71
70
72
71
284
T55
Justin Walters
RSA
-4
73
70
69
72
284
T55
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
69
70
67
78
284
T59
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-3
71
72
72
70
285
T59
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-3
66
74
74
71
285
T59
Jeff Winther
SWE
-3
73
70
71
71
285
T59
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-3
69
71
72
73
285
T59
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-3
71
70
69
75
285
64
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
73
70
69
74
286
65
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-1
71
71
73
72
287
66
Grant Forrest
SCO
Par
74
68
73
73
288
T67
Nacho Elvira
ESP
1
72
67
78
72
289
T67
Lucas Herbert
AUS
1
69
69
76
75
289
T69
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
73
70
79
68
290
T69
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
2
70
73
75
72
290
T69
Andrew Johnston
ENG
2
69
74
72
75
290
T69
David Law
SCO
2
70
68
76
76
290
73
David Howell
ENG
3
70
72
75
74
291
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Calum Hill
SCO
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
Par
73
71
144
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Shane Lowry
IRL
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Viktor Hovland
NOR
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
1
72
73
145
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
1
68
77
145
CUT
Roope Kakko
FIN
1
72
73
145
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
1
74
71
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
73
73
146
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
2
71
75
146
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
75
71
146
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
2
71
75
146
CUT
Julien Guerrier
FRA
2
74
72
146
CUT
Marcus Armitage
ENG
2
77
69
146
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
2
70
76
146
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
2
71
75
146
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
2
74
72
146
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
2
72
74
146
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
2
76
70
146
CUT
Tom Lewis
ENG
2
75
71
146
CUT
Adrian Meronk
POL
3
74
73
147
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Ian Poulter
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
3
75
72
147
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
3
71
76
147
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
4
74
74
148
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
4
76
72
148
CUT
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
5
72
77
149
CUT
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
5
77
72
149
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
5
77
72
149
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
6
77
73
150
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
6
77
73
150
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
6
74
76
150
CUT
Joshua Hill
ENG
6
74
76
150
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
6
76
74
150
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
7
77
74
151
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
7
75
76
151
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
8
78
74
152
CUT
Paul Lawrie
SCO
8
78
74
152
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
9
79
74
153
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
9
80
73
153
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
9
72
81
153
CUT
Graeme Storm
ENG
10
76
78
154
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
13
76
81
157
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
15
84
75
159
CUT
Ahmed Skaik
UAE
25
84
85
169