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Martin Kaymer’s Abu Dhabi collapse hands title to Gary Stal

• Kaymer led by 10 shots early in fourth round
• Frenchman Stal wins first European Tour title
Kaymer looks for fourth Abu Dhabi win

Some sporting events will indelibly be etched into folklore because of who did not win as opposed to who did. The 2015 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship falls into that category, with a spectacular and unforeseen collapse by Martin Kaymer, added to Rory McIlroy’s latest brush with glory on this course, more newsworthy than the Frenchman Gary Stal’s success. For all that may sound unfair, it is unquestionably the reality.

This developed into an extraordinary Sunday in the desert, one Kaymer will recall for all the wrong reasons. His meltdown was even more remarkable given this is an event he has won three times. Sport’s unpredictability, and capacity to offer wounding scenarios, was emphasised in a three-hour spell.

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