Fowler nabs vic­tory

Wins ti­tle in Abu Dhabi

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Rickie Fowler puffed his cheeks and shook his head. What looked like be­ing a pro­ces­sion to the Abu Dhabi Cham­pi­onship ti­tle ended up be­ing a squeeze for the Amer­i­can on Sun­day.

It needed two mo­ments of in­spi­ra­tion in the fi­nal round to seal a one-shot vic­tory - and spark more talk about Fowler's place in golf 's cur­rent elite.

Dressed in his trade­mark Sun­day or­ange, Fowler re­bounded from a dou­ble-bo­gey at No. 7, which helped trim his lead over a congested pack of chal­lengers from four strokes to one, by chip­ping in from 30 yards for ea­gle from a bunker at No. 8.

Then, at No. 17, Fowler holed a chip from just off the green for a birdie that shook off play­ing part­ner Thomas Pi­eters, the Bel­gian who emerged from the bunch to chase Fowler all the way down the stretch.

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