Joachim B. Hansen carded a brilliant bogey-free 68 to claim his second career European Tour title at the 2021 AVIV Dubai Championship.
The Dane, who entered his final day at Jumeirah Golf Estates with a share of marquee position, made birdie on the No. 1 hole and never looked back. He finished on 23-under par, one shot clear of Italian Francesco Laporta (69) and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger (65), who birdied five of his last seven holes to surge up the leaderboard.
Thai Jazz Janewattananond (67), Aussie Min Woo Lee (68), Frenchman Antoine Rozner (70) and England’s Andy Sullivan (65) finished in a tie for fourth-place on 20 under.
The win moved Hansen to 43rd on the Race to Dubai Rankings and locked him in for next week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
“It means a lot, especially with family here and friends this time, there was nothing in Joburg (his maiden win),” said Hansen.
“When I saw Jeff Winther win in Mallorca I was very jealous because he had all the family and friends celebrating and I really wanted that. I’m really glad I get to experience that.”
He continued, “I really struggled finding the middle of the club on the woods so I didn’t drive it well. The putter helped me today, I putted a lot better today than yesterday so that kept me in the game.
“It’s very nice going into next week. I’ve played very nice in the last few weeks and have been really close to playing really good, which I did this week.
“So I’m just going to take next week as a bonus week and try to enjoy it.”
American Sean Crocker (67), Ireland’s Padraig Harrington (67), Poland’s Adrian Meronk (67), Dane Thorbjorn Olesen (66) and Finland’s Kalle Samooja (70) rounded out the top-10 finishers on 19 under.