On a day when the $7 million Rolex Series event very nearly lost its defending champion Tommy Fleetwood, witnessed American drawcard Dustin Johnson wielding a freezing cold putter and the “Iceman” Henrik Stenson melt in a rare missed cut, Lowry kept his cool - and the lead.
A “stress-free” 68 on Thursday has seen the Tour’s career money leader negotiate 36 holes of The National course with a solitary bogey to be two shots adrift of halfway leader Shane Lowry.
Watch out if Ian Poulter managed a good nights kip leading into the third round of the 14th Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
How does a fledgling tour pro celebrate making just his sixth European Tour cut in 21 attempts? If you’re Dominic Foos, it’s with a tasty waffle from a food truck behind the range at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Another tweak by golf’s governing bodies wound up causing a heated—and random—Twitter spat between two European Tour winners on Wednesday.
Quirky Scotsman who had Cameron Champ’s number at the last Walker Cup makes transition to European Tour
Bob Macintyre is gallus. Or at least gallus-lite. And why not? This 22-year-old Scot, a rookie on the European Tour this season, has already achieved much in his young life.
To quote Shane Lowry, golf is a “funny game, isn’t it”. Sometimes it’s even downright “weird”.
Saif Thabet might be looking up at the rest of the field after the opening round of the 14th Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship but there was nothing downcast about the Emirati amateur after his dream European Tour debut.
With Shane Lowry rattling off 10 birdies in an historic 62, you’d have thought it difficult to muscle in on the highlights reel on the opening day in Abu Dhabi. No one told Pablo.
Lee Westwood confesses to putting on a few extra pounds over Christmas but with a four-year title drought emotionally consigned to history in South Africa in November, he’s playing like a man with a weight lifted.
When Brooks Koepka last played the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship he opened with a five over 77 and exited The National the very next afternoon having missed the cut by seven strokes.