Pieters wins by 1 stroke in Abu Dhabi

(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Thomas Pieters claimed the sixth and biggest European tour title of his career by winning the Abu Dhabi Championship by one shot after a turbulent final round on Sunday.

The Belgian, who turns 30 next week, shot an even par 72 in the final round for a total of 278 to edge Rafa Cabrera Bello and Shubhankar Sharma in joint second.

Viktor Hovland (72) fell short in his bid for a third victory in his last four events and finished in joint fourth place with Victor Dubuisson (69), two shots back.

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Money Leaders: European
Rank Player Earnings
1 Thomas Pieters €1,200,291
2 Rafa Cabrera Bello €610,736
3 Shubhankar Sharma €610,736
4 Viktor Hovland €326,197
5 Victor Dubuisson €326,197
6 Jeff Winther €198,401
7 Ian Poulter €198,401
8 James Morrison €198,401
9 Tyrrell Hatton €198,401
10 Scott Jamieson €135,562
11 Adam Scott €135,562
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