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Hatton outplays McIlroy, wins Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Englishman Tyrrell Hatton shot a sparkling 6-under par in the final round on Sunday to win the season-opening Abu Dhabi Championship by four strokes after overnight leader Rory McIlroy faded with an uninspired even-par 72 to drop into third.

Hatton carded a closing 66 to finish 18 under par and secure a sixth European Tour title, a victory that will go a long way towards securing a second Ryder Cup appearance in September.

Australia's Jason Scrivener recorded an eagle and five birdies in a back nine 29 to claim second place on 14 under, with McIlroy a shot further back following a disappointing final round.


Money Leaders: European
Rank Player Earnings
1 Tyrrell Hatton €1,097,006
2 Rory McIlroy €1,032,384
3 Sungjae Im €966,384
4 Louis Oosthuizen €824,475
5 Jason Scrivener €710,175
6 Rafa Cabrera Bello €432,980
7 Patrick Reed €421,391
8 Jon Rahm €389,496
9 Tony Finau €297,945
10 Tommy Fleetwood €280,218
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