• World Number 357 Gary Stal wins maiden European Tour title
  • 65 on Sunday enough for one-shot victory
  • Rory McIlroy (66) second with Martin Kaymer (75) third
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By Will Pearson and Dave Clark in Abu Dhabi


Day 4 Highlights - Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship




And breathe. Incredible drama, unbelievable scenes and a positive smorgasbord of brilliant golfing entertainment. Unpredictable, unexpected, whatever you want to call it, today was mesmerising. Huge congratulations once more to Gary Stal, European Tour winner, and to all involved in the tenth staging of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Now, for Part II, see you down the road in Qatar. Until then, enjoy this recap of the day, and thanks for having us on the #ETLiveBlog this week. Ciao for now.


Views from the Top - Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Day 4




But, of course, we can't finish without a word from our other top men, who helped put on an enthralling show this week...


It's that time, one last look back at today IN NUMBERS!

1 – European Tour victory for Gary Stal after the Frenchman claimed an incredible maiden victory in Abu Dhabi
22 – Age of the Lyon native, who becomes the youngest winner in ten years of the event
8 – Number of shots Stal started the day behind long-time leader Martin Kaymer – the biggest final round comeback by a winner on The European Tour since Graeme McDowell at the 2014 Open de France
65 – Stal’s flawless final round total – the joint best of the day with Ernie Els and Justin Rose – enough for a one-shot victory over a stellar field
357 – The victor’s Official World Golf Ranking at the start of the week
100 – Where Stal will probably move inside on the Rankings as a result of Sunday’s win
379,798 – Euros Stal will bank for his thrilling triumph
10 – Number of shots clear Kaymer was after the fifth hole before a double bogey six at the ninth and a triple bogey seven at the 13th derailed his bid for a fourth Falcon Trophy
47 – Bogey-free holes for the German before making bogey at the sixth
4 – Runner-up finishes for Rory McIlroy now in Abu Dhabi after the World Number One fired a Sunday 66 to miss out again by just one stroke
1-1-1-2-2-2 – The Northern Irishman’s last six finishes on The European Tour
33 – Places Els and Rose surged up the leaderboard thanks to their fine 65s on Sunday
594 – Distance in kilometres by road from Abu Dhabi to Doha – a drive and a choked-down nine iron for Nicolas Colsaerts


Stal overwhelmed with first ET victory




Let's hear now from a very emotional Gary Stal on his maiden win...


Gary Stal: With This Win

• His first European Tour International Schedule victory in his 41st European Tour event.

• Could move to just inside the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking, from 357th.

• This victory beats his previous best European Tour performance of tied fifth in the 2015 South African Open Championship Hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni, seven days ago.

• Becomes the second first-time winner of the 2015 season. They are: Andy Sullivan (South African Open Championship Hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni) and Gary Stal (Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship).

• Aged 22 years and 343 days becomes the youngest winner of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, beating the previous record of Martin Kaymer, aged 23 years and 24 days in 2008.

• Becomes the second youngest French winner in European Tour history, aged 22 years and 343 days. The youngest is José-Filipe Lima at the 2004 Saint Omer Open, aged 22 years and 206 days. (Lima was a French citizen when he won).

• Joins Chris DiMarco (2006) and Martin Kaymer (2008) as players to make the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, their first European Tour victory.

• His eight shot final round winning comeback is the biggest in the history of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, beating the three of Paul Casey in 2007.

•  His eight shot final day winning comeback is the biggest final day comeback since Graeme McDowell’s eight at the 2014 Alstom Open de France.


Shots of the Day - Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (Rnd. 4)




What a day. I'm still recovering. Right, let's start this round-up with the best shots seen on Sunday...


Wow, unbelievable stuff, thanks Dave. All week we have seen the hashtag #ADunexpected banded around Abu Dhabi Golf Club and, at the last, we have seen something truly unexpected indeed. An emotional World Number 357, Gary Stal, who lost his mother to cancer the week before the BMW PGA Championship last year, has put on a titanic display today, the performance of a lion, as a seven under par 65 secured the 22 year old Frenchman his maiden piece of silverware on The European Tour after starting the day eight shots behind World Number 12 Martin Kaymer. Incredible. Stay with us as we wrap up this frantic final day on the #ETLiveBlog.


So for the second week running, we've seen someone come from the chasing pack at the 11th hour to claim a maiden European Tour title at the expense of an overwhelming favourite. Stal wins by a shot from McIlroy, with Kaymer in third. Will Pearson is on hand to deal with all the reaction, highlights and reflect on another exhilirating Sunday...

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1STAL, GaryFRA18-19
2MCILROY, RoryNIR18-18
3KAYMER, MartinGER18-17
T4PIETERS, ThomasBEL18-16
T6HATTON, TyrrellENG18-14
T9FISHER, RossENG18-13

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