McDowell ends the drought of the title of the European Circuit with the victory of Saudi Arabia

North Ireland Graeme McDowell He won his first European Circuit title since 2014 with a two-shot victory at Saudi International in King Abdullah Economic City on Sunday.

In windy conditions at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, McDowell negotiated the final round at a par 70 level to finish at 12 low, two strokes ahead of American defending champion Dustin Johnson.

McDowell's thin lead overnight evaporated in the opening hole when he loaded a ghost after finding the bunker with his exit blow.

The 40-year-old made the turn in a solid 36 before a ghost in 13 left him just one shot ahead of the chase group.

But he made birdie on the 14th and 15th to get his 11th victory in the European Circuit, the first since a successful defense in 2014 Open de France .

It is special, he said. I have been working hard for the past year and a half. I want to be there again, just to be able to play against these guys.

The golf game is in such good shape, there are so many great players in the world, it is so exciting to be one of the best players in the world and I want to be there again.

Johnson finished with an eagle in 18 to beat fellow countryman Phil Mickelson and the Belgian Thomas Pieters in second place on his own, signing a 67.

Mickelson made a hat-trick of birdies from the second but could not make another until the last in a round of 67, finishing third in nine underneath with Pieters and Malaysia. Gavin Green .

The Englishman Ross Fisher was the last to finish two more shots behind the Frenchman Victor Dubuisson , The Spanish Sergio García, the Mexican Abraham Ancer and the Belgian Thomas Detry.

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