George resurfaces in Abu Dhabi

A wrist injury sidelined George Coetzee for four months, but he returned to the spotlight on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC World Championship when he finished fourth.

 

“I broke a little bone in my hand and had to miss some events at the end of last year. This week I wanted to be there on Sunday, and I’m happy with my performance,” he said.

 

He worked his old magic at Abu Dhabi Golf Club this week for a 12-under-par total, which was one shot less than runners-up Phil Mickelson and Rory Mclroy and two behind winner Pablo Larrazabal.

 

“It’s always nice to get off to a good start,” said Coetzee. “I just putted really well and I’m quite happy with the number I shot,” he said.

 

The South African looked to reach 12-under and give himself a chance on Sunday, which he did before Larrazabal sank a five-footer on the 18th to set the lead at 14-under. McIroy and Mickelson were unable to catch the Spaniard, who claimed his third European Tour title.

 

"The first win in France my brother says was the win of talent,” Larrazabal said. “I had 100 putts in 72 holes, not even the best Tiger Woods could have beaten me that week.

 

"The second win in Munich (in a play-off with Sergio Garcia) was one of belief. This is the win of hard work and team work. I worked so hard for the last two years and over the winter and I beat two of the three most talented guys in my era."

 

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