European Tour

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 2019

January 16-19

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates

$7,000,000

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January 16-19

Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates

$7,000,000

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Round 1

Lowry leads in Abu Dhabi after matching course record

January 16, 2019

Shane Lowry will take a three-shot lead into the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA after equalling the course record with a sparkling 62 on Wednesday.

Lowry leads in Abu Dhabi after matching course record, © Getty Images

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The Irishman became the first man to match Henrik Stenson's 13 year old record after firing ten birdies and no bogeys at Abu Dhabi Golf Club early on day one.

“I'm obviously over the moon. It equals the best score I've ever shot. I knew that, as well, and I said it to my caddie coming down the last. A birdie here would be the best score I've ever shot, which obviously he said, then why don't you just go for it. I left the putt short, but I felt like I hit a decent putt, it was just a bit more into the grain than I felt, and yeah, obviously I'm very chuffed."

Lowry enjoyed a long break over the Christmas period having not played competitively since the 2018 ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup of Golf in November, and the 31 year old looked refreshed at the first Rolex Series event of the 2019 Race to Dubai season, matching his career best round from the 2009 Irish Open, which he won while still an amateur.

“Golf just a funny game, isn't it. Obviously quite a lot of time off since the World Cup but put in a decent bit of work the last two weeks over here in Dubai and just gone out with not much expectation but knew I was playing okay, and everything clicked.

“I didn't hit as many fairways as I would have liked, but I was hitting everything close and managed to hole a couple of putts, as well. It was one of those days where it just felt comfortable. Even standing there on the last hole, sometimes you can get a little bit anxious or nervous in situations like that, but I just felt great.

Louis Oosthuizen, Richard Sterne and Mike Lorenzo-Vera were in a tie for second after making the most of favourable scoring conditions in the morning, while afternoon starter Pablo Larrazábal was alongside them on seven under par after carding a stunning eagle, six birdies and one bogey in his first round.

“I have to say I've been sick for the last two days with a really bad throat and fever, so had some really bad nights.", said Mike Lorenzo-Vera. "So very happy about the start anyway.

“It's going to be definitely my objective to catch at least one (win), but we are trying to just be out of the result and then just try to work well and then the results will come.”

Three-time former champion Martin Kaymer, Englishmen Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, Dane Søren Kjeldsen and Swede Alexander Björk were another stroke further back, with World Number Two Brooks Koepka at five under par.

Meanwhile, Raphaël Jacquelin joined an exclusive club when he became the 12th man to reach the impressive milestone of 600 European Tour events.

The 44 year old turned professional in 1995 and has so far claimed four European Tour titles, as well as winning twice on the Challenge Tour. The Frenchman follows in the footsteps of Sam Torrance, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Barry Lane, Colin Montgomerie, Roger Chapman, Paul Lawrie, Eamonn Darcy, Peter Baker, Malcolm Mackenzie, David Howell and Robert Karlsson by entering the 600 club.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Shane Lowry
IRL
-10
62
T2
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-7
65
T2
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-7
65
T2
Richard Sterne
RSA
-7
65
T2
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-7
65
T6
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-6
66
T6
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-6
66
T6
Ian Poulter
ENG
-6
66
T6
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
66
T6
Martin Kaymer
GER
-6
66
T11
Brooks Koepka
USA
-5
67
T11
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-5
67
T11
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-5
67
T14
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-4
68
T14
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-4
68
T14
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-4
68
T14
Aaron Rai
ENG
-4
68
T14
David Lipsky
USA
-4
68
T14
Tom Lewis
ENG
-4
68
T14
Steven Brown
ENG
-4
68
T14
Dominic Foos
GER
-4
68
T22
Joost Luiten
NED
-3
69
T22
Dustin Johnson
USA
-3
69
T22
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-3
69
T22
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
69
T22
Alexander Levy
FRA
-3
69
T22
James Morrison
ENG
-3
69
T22
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-3
69
T22
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-3
69
T22
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-3
69
T22
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
69
T22
Gavin Green
MAS
-3
69
T22
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-3
69
T22
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
69
T22
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-3
69
T22
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
69
T22
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-3
69
T38
Justin Walters
RSA
-2
70
T38
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-2
70
T38
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-2
70
T38
Romain Wattel
FRA
-2
70
T38
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
70
T38
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
70
T38
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-2
70
T38
Zander Lombard
RSA
-2
70
T38
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-2
70
T38
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-2
70
T38
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-2
70
T38
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-2
70
T38
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-2
70
T38
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-2
70
T38
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-2
70
T38
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-2
70
T38
Branden Grace
RSA
-2
70
T38
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
70
T38
Paul Waring
ENG
-2
70
T38
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-2
70
T38
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
70
T38
Andres Romero
ARG
-2
70
T38
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-2
70
T38
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
70
T62
David Horsey
ENG
-1
71
T62
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
71
T62
Haotong Li
CHN
-1
71
T62
Scott Hend
AUS
-1
71
T62
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-1
71
T62
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
71
T62
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-1
71
T62
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-1
71
T62
Grant Forrest
SCO
-1
71
T62
Chris Paisley
ENG
-1
71
T62
Robert Rock
ENG
-1
71
T62
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-1
71
T62
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-1
71
T62
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-1
71
T62
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-1
71
T62
Dean Burmester
RSA
-1
71
T62
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
71
T79
Henrik Stenson
SWE
Par
72
T79
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
Par
72
T79
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
Par
72
T79
Jordan Smith
ENG
Par
72
T79
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
72
T79
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
Par
72
T79
Stuart Manley
WAL
Par
72
T79
Yuxin Lin
CHN
Par
72
T79
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
72
T79
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
Par
72
T79
Kalle Samooja
FIN
Par
72
T79
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
Par
72
T79
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
Par
72
T79
Kurt Kitayama
USA
Par
72
T79
Trevor Immelman
RSA
Par
72
T79
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
Par
72
T79
Thomas Detry
BEL
Par
72
T96
Liam Johnston
SCO
1
73
T96
Richard McEvoy
ENG
1
73
T96
Ashley Chesters
ENG
1
73
T96
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
1
73
T96
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
73
T96
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
73
T96
Marcel Siem
GER
1
73
T96
Brandon Stone
RSA
1
73
T96
Peter Hanson
SWE
1
73
T96
Kim Koivu
FIN
1
73
T96
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
1
73
T107
Ashun Wu
CHI
2
74
T107
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
2
74
T107
Jens Dantorp
SWE
2
74
T107
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
74
T107
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
2
74
T107
Andrew Johnston
ENG
2
74
T107
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
2
74
T107
George Coetzee
RSA
2
74
T107
Sean Crocker
USA
2
74
T107
Lee Slattery
ENG
2
74
T117
Robert Karlsson
SWE
3
75
T117
Pelle Edberg
SWE
3
75
T117
Andrea Pavan
ITA
3
75
T117
Victor Perez
FRA
3
75
T117
David Law
SCO
3
75
T117
Oliver Fisher
ENG
3
75
T117
Nacho Elvira
ESP
3
75
T117
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
3
75
T117
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
3
75
T117
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
75
127
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
4
76
T128
Haydn Porteous
RSA
5
77
T128
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
5
77
130
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
6
78
131
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
9
81
132
Saif Thabet
UAE
12
84
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Shane Lowry
IRL
-10
62
T2
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-7
65
T2
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-7
65
T2
Richard Sterne
RSA
-7
65
T2
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-7
65
T6
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-6
66
T6
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-6
66
T6
Ian Poulter
ENG
-6
66
T6
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
66
T6
Martin Kaymer
GER
-6
66
T11
Brooks Koepka
USA
-5
67
T11
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-5
67
T11
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-5
67
T14
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-4
68
T14
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-4
68
T14
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-4
68
T14
Aaron Rai
ENG
-4
68
T14
David Lipsky
USA
-4
68
T14
Tom Lewis
ENG
-4
68
T14
Steven Brown
ENG
-4
68
T14
Dominic Foos
GER
-4
68
T22
Joost Luiten
NED
-3
69
T22
Dustin Johnson
USA
-3
69
T22
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-3
69
T22
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
69
T22
Alexander Levy
FRA
-3
69
T22
James Morrison
ENG
-3
69
T22
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-3
69
T22
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-3
69
T22
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-3
69
T22
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
69
T22
Gavin Green
MAS
-3
69
T22
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-3
69
T22
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
69
T22
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-3
69
T22
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
69
T22
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-3
69
T38
Justin Walters
RSA
-2
70
T38
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-2
70
T38
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-2
70
T38
Romain Wattel
FRA
-2
70
T38
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
70
T38
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
70
T38
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-2
70
T38
Zander Lombard
RSA
-2
70
T38
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-2
70
T38
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-2
70
T38
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-2
70
T38
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-2
70
T38
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-2
70
T38
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-2
70
T38
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-2
70
T38
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-2
70
T38
Branden Grace
RSA
-2
70
T38
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
70
T38
Paul Waring
ENG
-2
70
T38
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-2
70
T38
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
70
T38
Andres Romero
ARG
-2
70
T38
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-2
70
T38
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
70
T62
David Horsey
ENG
-1
71
T62
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
71
T62
Haotong Li
CHN
-1
71
T62
Scott Hend
AUS
-1
71
T62
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-1
71
T62
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
71
T62
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-1
71
T62
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-1
71
T62
Grant Forrest
SCO
-1
71
T62
Chris Paisley
ENG
-1
71
T62
Robert Rock
ENG
-1
71
T62
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-1
71
T62
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-1
71
T62
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-1
71
T62
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-1
71
T62
Dean Burmester
RSA
-1
71
T62
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
71
T79
Henrik Stenson
SWE
Par
72
T79
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
Par
72
T79
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
Par
72
T79
Jordan Smith
ENG
Par
72
T79
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
72
T79
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
Par
72
T79
Stuart Manley
WAL
Par
72
T79
Yuxin Lin
CHN
Par
72
T79
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
72
T79
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
Par
72
T79
Kalle Samooja
FIN
Par
72
T79
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
Par
72
T79
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
Par
72
T79
Kurt Kitayama
USA
Par
72
T79
Trevor Immelman
RSA
Par
72
T79
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
Par
72
T79
Thomas Detry
BEL
Par
72
T96
Liam Johnston
SCO
1
73
T96
Richard McEvoy
ENG
1
73
T96
Ashley Chesters
ENG
1
73
T96
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
1
73
T96
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
73
T96
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
73
T96
Marcel Siem
GER
1
73
T96
Brandon Stone
RSA
1
73
T96
Peter Hanson
SWE
1
73
T96
Kim Koivu
FIN
1
73
T96
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
1
73
T107
Ashun Wu
CHI
2
74
T107
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
2
74
T107
Jens Dantorp
SWE
2
74
T107
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
74
T107
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
2
74
T107
Andrew Johnston
ENG
2
74
T107
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
2
74
T107
George Coetzee
RSA
2
74
T107
Sean Crocker
USA
2
74
T107
Lee Slattery
ENG
2
74
T117
Robert Karlsson
SWE
3
75
T117
Pelle Edberg
SWE
3
75
T117
Andrea Pavan
ITA
3
75
T117
Victor Perez
FRA
3
75
T117
David Law
SCO
3
75
T117
Oliver Fisher
ENG
3
75
T117
Nacho Elvira
ESP
3
75
T117
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
3
75
T117
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
3
75
T117
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
75
127
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
4
76
T128
Haydn Porteous
RSA
5
77
T128
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
5
77
130
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
6
78
131
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
9
81
132
Saif Thabet
UAE
12
84