Justin Rose, ranked No. 5 in the world, had hoped to make a statement for 2013 with a victory in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Instead, it was Welshman Jamie Donaldson who wound up hoisting the trophy.
Donaldson survived final-hole birdie bids by Rose and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen for a one-stroke victory.
Donaldson, ranked No. 47th, made five birdies and a final-hole bogey in shooting a 4-under 68 to finish at 14-under 274. Rose, who held a two-shot lead going into the final round, closed with a 71. Oleson shot a final-round 69.
Rose made four birdies but also had three bogeys. He had a 12-foot birdie putt to force a playoff, but the ball lipped out and he tossed his putter in the air in frustration.