Richard Sterne played his part in a thrilling conclusion to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, but lost out to Shane Lowry.
A third-round 67 kept Shane Lowry at the top of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship leaderboard and he is now three clear of the pack.
Shane Lowry recovered from a shaky start to ensure he is still the man to catch in Abu Dhabi after two rounds.
A course-record round of 62 from Shane Lowry sees him lead in Abu Dhabi after the opening 18 holes.
He finished tied-third in his first tournament since October and Rory McIlroy was "really happy" with his game in Abu Dhabi.
A return of seven birdies on the final nine holes helped Tommy Fleetwood defend his title in Abu Dhabi.
Not since September 2016 has Rory McIlroy won a competitive tournament, but he is closing in on ending his drought in Abu Dhabi.
Thomas Pieters was pegged back on the final hole of the day as Ross Fisher drew level at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship has a new leader thanks to a late birdie from Thomas Pieters.
Rory McIlroy had a long layoff between tournaments, but he got off to a good start on Thursday in Abu Dhabi.