Unheralded Englishman Robert Rock won the Abu Dhabi Championship yesterday to deny Tiger Woods the win he was seeking to end a two-year winless drought in full tournaments. The World No 117 fired a closing two-under par 70 for a total of 13-under par total of 275.

England's Robert Rock after winning the Abu Dhabi Championship
yesterday. Pic/AFP

That gave the 34-year-old a one stroke win over Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy who fired a final 69. Woods, with a par 72, finished tied for third a further stroke back, level with Thomas Bjorn of Denmark (68), and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland (68).