ALLEN MAKES HISTORY IN ABU DHABI
American Beth Allen equalled the course record in the final round to claim the inaugural Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Allen carded nine birdies and a solitary bogey in a closing 64 at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club to finish 21 under par, three shots clear of Georgia Hall. The 34-year-old Californian claimed her second Ladies European Tour title in two months and moves ahead of China’s Shanshan Feng at the top of the Order of Merit. “This is really special,” said Allen. “Obviously I’ve been playing really well and when I got done [on Friday] I felt really good and I knew I could do it, so I just tried to make as many birdies as I could and I made nine. I’m so pleased.” Overnight leader Hall led by two shots after five birdies in her first 13 holes, but bogeyed the 14th and 16th while Allen made three straight birdies from the 15th.