Chris DiMarco

HOW IT HAPPENED...

Playing in his first European Tour event outside the Majors and World Golf Championships, Chris DiMarco claimed the €275,411 (£188,162) first prize after a thrilling final day’s play at the immaculately presented Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

DiMarco carded a final round 67 for a 20 under par total of 268 and a one shot victory over the gallant Henrik Stenson, who pushed the American all the way to the final green. The Swede began the day with a one shot lead but his closing 69 saw him finish one shot behind the American with a 19 under par total of 269.

Spain’s Sergio Garcia completed a star-studded top table at the prize giving ceremony when he took third place with a closing 66 for an 18 under par total of 270, but the day, and the plaudits belonged to DiMarco and his wife Amy, who acted as his caddie for the week, a fact which made the win all the sweeter for the US Ryder Cup player.