Fleetwood wins as golf's biggest names begin 2018 in Abu Dhabi
Tommy Fleetwood picked up where he left off in 2017 by defending his crown at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The 27-year-old, Race to Dubai Champion and the course record holder at Carnoustie, held off Ross Fisher with a stunning final round 65.
"I've put in a lot of work, I wanted to prepare for this year like I didn't win the Race to Dubai," Fleetwood told Sky Sports Golf. "It was important to come out and make sure I'm hungry. My best golf is getting better and better and my worst golf is getting better as well. I just had the lines going really well."
It was a week that saw Rory McIlroy make his return and the 28-year-old, who lifted the Claret Jug back in 2014, ended up tied for third.
"Overall, I'm really happy how I played this week" said McIlroy afterwards. "My game is in really good shape and I saw some really, really positive signs. So I'm looking forward to next week in Dubai and obviously looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Sandwiched between McIlroy and Fleetwood were 2018 Ryder Cup hopefuls Ross Fisher and Matthew Fitzpatrick.
With The 147th Open under 6 months away, it feels right to start thinking about who might be lifting the Claret Jug at Carnoustie in July. World number 1 Dustin Johnson, England's Paul Casey and 2016 Champion Golfer Henrik Stenson also performed strongly in the United Arab Emirates.
If you thought the Abu Dhabi Championship was enough to whet our appetite for the rest of the season, expect more of the same this week as another stellar field assembles at the Omega Dubai Desert Championship, headlined by Stenson, Garcia, McIlroy, Fleetwood and Oosthuizen.
On the PGA Tour, John Rahm continued his own rapid rise by claiming the second victory of his career at the Career Builder Challenge in Palm Springs.
The Spaniard is now up to second in the World rankings after a bogey-free 67 in the final round earned him a play-off with Andrew Landry and it was Rahm who prevailed in the end.