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Gary Stal comes from 10 shots behind, pounces on meltdown by Martin Kaymer to win in Abu Dhabi

  • Martin Kaymer of Germany walks on the 3rd hole during the third round of the HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Martin Kaymer of Germany walks on the 3rd hole during the third round of the HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Gary Stal of France tees off on the 1st hole during the third round of the HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Gary Stal of France tees off on the 1st hole during the third round of the HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off on the 3rd hole during the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off on the 3rd hole during the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

Gary Stal of France came from 10 shots behind to capitalize on an improbable meltdown by Martin Kaymer and win the Abu Dhabi Championship after a frantic final round on Sunday.

Kaymer looked like cruising to a fourth title in Abu Dhabi after making three birdies in his opening four holes to extend his six-stroke lead from overnight, only to drop six shots in seven holes around the turn.

The No. 357-ranked Stal pounced with six birdies from Nos. 4-11 and held himself together down the stretch, picking up another shot at the 16th to capture his first European Tour title. He shot a 7-under 65 for 19 under overall.

Kaymer shot 75 for 17 under and third place. Top-ranked Rory McIlroy had a 66 to finish second, a shot behind Stal.