Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Jamie Donaldson Wins January 21 2013

Donaldson wins desert thriller Jaime Donaldson / Getty Images The Abu Dhabi Championship was won by Welshman Jaime Donaldson, giving him his second European Tour Title. Jaime finished at -14 under par for the tournament, just one shot better than  Justin Rose and Thorbjorn Olesen who had to settle at tied for second place with at -13 under par. Both Justin and Thorbjorn needed to birdie the last to get into a play-off, but they bother managed to miss their respective attempts. Thorbjorn's effort slid by the hole, while Justin's attempt from twelve feet lipped out. Jaime was amazed at the end, believing one of the boys would have birdied the last, and forced a play-off; " It’s pretty surreal really, I've played really good all week although I've got away with murder up the last. I thought one of them would hole if not both, but when both putts slipped by it was my week. I’m very happy to be stood here holding the trophy. It’s like buses isn't it. I played the pro-am on Wednesday and thought the course was too difficult and I had no chance. I thought if I could get a decent finish I would be chuffed.To be holding this trophy is just mad." Justin closed the tournament with a -1 under par 71, not what he was hoping for, but his second placed finish was enough to move him back up the World Golf Rankings, regaining fourth spot from Louis Oosthuizen after his win in South Africa last week; "It was definitely hard work today, for some reason it was hard to see the breaks on the front nine, but I pulled it together really well and felt I got into a really good competitive mode. When I birdied 14 I didn't realise Jamie had had a hot round. I had actually expected to be one ahead at that point and I was one behind, so every credit to Jamie. I didn't do a lot wrong. It's hard to beat yourself up about it. I felt like I brought my best stuff on the back nine rather than the front nine, so that's encouraging. I don't think I need to do anything different , just need to keep chipping away and keep swinging well. But was a long, hard week to end up finishing second." Thorbjorn said in retrospect he wished he had not tried to reach the green at the sixth hole, from a bad lie; " I was trying to go for the green but I knew the lie was bad and I tried anyway. Maybe I should have just laid up, but you can always say that after. I tried to make birdies today, and I didn't make that many unfortunately."     Genworth FinancialBMWRolexTitleist