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Martin Kaymer gains wire to wire victory

Germany's Martin Kaymer, who led from start to finish, won the Abu Dhabi Championship by four shots on Sunday.

The European Rookie of the Year, starting the final round with a staggering six-shot lead, closed with a two-over-par 74 for a 15-under-par total of 273.

The 23-year-old fended off nearest challengers, Lee Westwood of Britain and Swede Henrik Stenson, to claim the 225,421 euro ($330,400) winner's cheque for his maiden European Tour victory.

Westwood carded two-under-par 70 while Stenson returned a one-under 71 to finish the tournament tied second on 11-under 277.

Kaymer stumbled early in his round, bogeying three holes in a row from the fourth, but he steadied his nerve and birdies at the 10th and the final hole sealed a comfortable win.

"The feeling is unbelievable," said Kaymer.

"I did struggle on the front nine, but I just tried to stick to my game plan - hit fairways and greens. And these guys had to catch me and I didn't have to make birdies.

"But it was really, really tough, specially between 12 and 15 to make pars. I made a nice birdie on the 10th and that was really important as I was only two or three shots ahead.

"The birdie gave me a little bit of confidence for the next eight holes.

Westwood felt he had a chance of victory throughout his final round but could not make enough birdies.

"A two-shot swing can happen any time here, but I was pleased with the way I played tee to green today," he said.

"But nothing really happened on the greens. "I put up a fight at the weekend which was good. I was hoping to get to double figures and I got to 11 under, so I am pleased with that."

Briton Richard Finch, Spain's Ignacio Garrido and Swede Peter Hedblom were tied for third on 10-under-par 278.



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