Jan 20 2013
Welshman Jamie Donaldson, who waited 11 years and 255 events for his first European Tour victory at the Irish Open last July, added another on Sunday when he won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by one shot.
Donaldson was five under for the day when he three-putted the last for a bogey six and round of 68.
That left England's Justin Rose and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen needing to birdie the 567-yard hole to force a play-off, but Olesen missed from 18 feet and Rose lipped out from 12.
Earlier former Ryder Cup star David Howell, one ahead after 10 holes, followed a bogey on the 12th with a nightmare double bogey at the next. He was bunkered and then amazingly four-putted from only four feet.
Against a field that had earlier in the week included world top two Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods - both missed the halfway cut - Donaldson could hardly believe what had just happened.
"I played the pro-am on Wednesday and thought the course was too difficult and I had no chance," Donaldson said. "I thought if I could get a decent finish I would be chuffed. To be holding this trophy is just mad."
Howell had to be content with a tie for sixth place when a first victory for seven years would have taken him comfortably back into the game's top 100.
Donaldson, who earned his Masters spot by climbing into the top 50 by the end of last year, will be around 30th when the new rankings are published.
"It's pretty surreal really and I got away with murder there at the last," he added. "The wait was nerve-wracking. I thought one of them would hole, if not both."