Golf: World No. 357 Stal in shock win as Kaymer collapses at Abu Dhabi

Gary Stal of France tees off on the 17th hole during Abu Dhabi Golf championship on Jan 18, 2015. The world No. 357 shocked the quality field at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Sunday when he won the US$2.7 million (S$3.6 million) tournament
Gary Stal of France tees off on the 17th hole during Abu Dhabi Golf championship on Jan 18, 2015. The world No. 357 shocked the quality field at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Sunday when he won the US$2.7 million (S$3.6 million) tournament by one shot over world No. 1 Rory McIlroy. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ABU DHABI (AFP) - France's world No. 357 Gary Stal shocked the quality field at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Sunday when he won the US$2.7 million (S$3.6 million) tournament by one shot over world No. 1 Rory McIlroy.

It was an incredible finish to the tournament as three-time champion Martin Kaymer led by as many as 10 shots after five holes, only to make a double and a triple bogey and close with a three-over par 75, which was good only for third place at 17-under par.

The 22-year-old Stal, in only his second year on the European Tour, shot a bogey-free seven-under par 65 to finish on 19-under par, while McIlroy improved to 18-under par with a 66.