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 2

Lowry leads by one in Abu Dhabi

January 17, 2019

Shane Lowry was still the man to catch at the halfway stage of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA after following up Wednesday's course record-equalling 62 with a battling 70.

Lowry leads by one in Abu Dhabi, © Getty Images

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"I'm really happy with that. I knew today was going to be a bit of a weird day after shooting such a low score yesterday."

After a rocky start to his second round, three-time European Tour winner Lowry found the form that helped him match Henrik Stenson's 13 year old record on day one at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, bouncing back from two early bogeys with four birdies to get to 12 under par.

"I just tried to go out and play like I played. To be honest, right from the start, I really feel like I played pretty well today. I think I gave myself a lot of chances.

"Some of the shots early on were pretty horrendous. I battled back and hit some really nice shots out there and hit some in close and made some birdies. I was happy with myself."

South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Richard Sterne were a single shot behind Lowry in a tie for second after posting second-round 68s.

"Trying to win any event and going into the weekend really close, it's always exciting," said Oosthuizen. "I try and get my game so that I try and compete every week or at least top 30 every week. But yeah, you have some weeks where you struggle where that's difficult, but other weeks it seems easy to make a top ten. So you just need to go through all those emotions and just keep on plugging."

Early clubhouse leader Lee Westwood was in fourth place on ten under, with Scotland's Scott Jamieson, Dane Søren Kjeldsen and Englishmen Ian Poulter and Tom Lewis another stroke further back.

“I felt like I played pretty similar to yesterday," said Westwood. "Hit a lot of good shots, drove the ball pretty well. Like I said yesterday, these fairways aren't the easiest to hit. You've got to cross some angles, and they seem to have narrowed them a bit, so you're going to miss a few. I seemed to be in the semi quite a lot.

“I wasn't far off the fairways and had pretty good control of the ball most of the day. I putted nicely again. Three-putted the 18th, my ninth hole, but other than that, rolled some nice ones in and hit a lot of good putts that just grazed the edge, so I was pleased with the way that I played and hit some nice iron shots and controlled everything pretty well.”

Meanwhile, two-time defending champion Tommy Fleetwood held his nerve to fire the birdie he needed at the 18th to make the cut.

“It was nice to get one in. My putting was pretty awful today. I just struggled on the greens. The things that I wanted to do better from yesterday, I did, but just a couple of short ones missed and then just holed nothing at any makeable range. But you can't stress enough the importance of just making cuts anyway in professional golf. That's the game. It doesn't matter what level you're at. Making cuts is great, and I'm very happy that I've gotten another two days of golf.”

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Shane Lowry
IRL
-12
62
70
132
T2
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-11
65
68
133
T2
Richard Sterne
RSA
-11
65
68
133
4
Lee Westwood
ENG
-10
66
68
134
T5
Ian Poulter
ENG
-9
66
69
135
T5
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-9
69
66
135
T5
Tom Lewis
ENG
-9
68
67
135
T5
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-9
66
69
135
T9
Grant Forrest
SCO
-8
71
65
136
T9
Gavin Green
MAS
-8
69
67
136
T9
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-8
71
65
136
T9
Dominic Foos
GER
-8
68
68
136
T13
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-7
65
72
137
T13
Paul Waring
ENG
-7
70
67
137
T13
David Horsey
ENG
-7
71
66
137
T13
Joost Luiten
NED
-7
69
68
137
T13
Brooks Koepka
USA
-7
67
70
137
T13
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-7
67
70
137
T13
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-7
66
71
137
T13
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-7
69
68
137
T13
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-7
69
68
137
T13
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-7
72
65
137
T23
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-6
70
68
138
T23
Martin Kaymer
GER
-6
66
72
138
T23
Aaron Rai
ENG
-6
68
70
138
T23
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
70
68
138
T23
Matt Wallace
ENG
-6
70
68
138
T23
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-6
70
68
138
T23
James Morrison
ENG
-6
69
69
138
T23
Jordan Smith
ENG
-6
72
66
138
T23
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-6
70
68
138
T32
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-5
68
71
139
T32
Branden Grace
RSA
-5
70
69
139
T32
Sam Brazel
AUS
-5
70
69
139
T32
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-5
71
68
139
T32
Ryan Fox
NZL
-5
69
70
139
T32
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-5
71
68
139
T32
Thomas Detry
BEL
-5
72
67
139
T32
Justin Walters
RSA
-5
70
69
139
T32
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-5
70
69
139
T32
Scott Hend
AUS
-5
71
68
139
T32
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-5
68
71
139
T32
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-5
68
71
139
T32
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-5
69
70
139
T45
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-4
69
71
140
T45
Andres Romero
ARG
-4
70
70
140
T45
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-4
71
69
140
T45
Dean Burmester
RSA
-4
71
69
140
T45
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-4
69
71
140
T45
Dustin Johnson
USA
-4
69
71
140
T45
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-4
70
70
140
T45
Zander Lombard
RSA
-4
70
70
140
T45
Alexander Levy
FRA
-4
69
71
140
T45
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-4
67
73
140
T45
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-4
70
70
140
T56
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
73
68
141
T56
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-3
70
71
141
T56
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
69
72
141
T56
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-3
72
69
141
T56
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-3
69
72
141
T56
David Lipsky
USA
-3
68
73
141
T56
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-3
72
69
141
T56
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
71
70
141
T56
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-3
70
71
141
T56
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-3
69
72
141
T56
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-3
71
70
141
T56
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-3
65
76
141
T56
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
69
72
141
T56
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-3
70
71
141
T56
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-3
71
70
141
T56
Victor Perez
FRA
-3
75
66
141
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
-2
73
69
142
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
71
71
142
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
74
68
142
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-2
75
67
142
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
-1
68
75
143
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Yuxin Lin
CHN
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
1
73
72
145
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
1
71
74
145
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
1
72
73
145
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
70
75
145
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
1
74
71
145
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
1
73
72
145
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
1
76
69
145
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
1
72
73
145
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
1
73
72
145
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
1
74
71
145
CUT
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
75
70
145
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
2
74
72
146
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
2
73
73
146
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
2
73
73
146
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
2
72
74
146
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
2
72
74
146
CUT
David Law
SCO
3
75
72
147
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
3
75
72
147
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
4
75
73
148
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
4
77
71
148
CUT
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
4
73
75
148
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
4
75
73
148
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
4
70
78
148
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
75
73
148
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
4
74
74
148
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
5
78
71
149
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
5
75
74
149
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
7
75
76
151
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
8
77
75
152
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
10
81
73
154
CUT
Saif Thabet
UAE
27
84
87
171
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R2
Total
1
Shane Lowry
IRL
-12
70
132
T2
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-11
68
133
T2
Richard Sterne
RSA
-11
68
133
4
Lee Westwood
ENG
-10
68
134
T5
Ian Poulter
ENG
-9
69
135
T5
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-9
66
135
T5
Tom Lewis
ENG
-9
67
135
T5
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-9
69
135
T9
Grant Forrest
SCO
-8
65
136
T9
Gavin Green
MAS
-8
67
136
T9
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-8
65
136
T9
Dominic Foos
GER
-8
68
136
T13
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-7
72
137
T13
Paul Waring
ENG
-7
67
137
T13
David Horsey
ENG
-7
66
137
T13
Joost Luiten
NED
-7
68
137
T13
Brooks Koepka
USA
-7
70
137
T13
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-7
70
137
T13
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-7
71
137
T13
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-7
68
137
T13
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-7
68
137
T13
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-7
65
137
T23
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-6
68
138
T23
Martin Kaymer
GER
-6
72
138
T23
Aaron Rai
ENG
-6
70
138
T23
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
68
138
T23
Matt Wallace
ENG
-6
68
138
T23
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-6
68
138
T23
James Morrison
ENG
-6
69
138
T23
Jordan Smith
ENG
-6
66
138
T23
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-6
68
138
T32
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-5
71
139
T32
Branden Grace
RSA
-5
69
139
T32
Sam Brazel
AUS
-5
69
139
T32
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-5
68
139
T32
Ryan Fox
NZL
-5
70
139
T32
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-5
68
139
T32
Thomas Detry
BEL
-5
67
139
T32
Justin Walters
RSA
-5
69
139
T32
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-5
69
139
T32
Scott Hend
AUS
-5
68
139
T32
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-5
71
139
T32
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-5
71
139
T32
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-5
70
139
T45
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-4
71
140
T45
Andres Romero
ARG
-4
70
140
T45
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-4
69
140
T45
Dean Burmester
RSA
-4
69
140
T45
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-4
71
140
T45
Dustin Johnson
USA
-4
71
140
T45
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-4
70
140
T45
Zander Lombard
RSA
-4
70
140
T45
Alexander Levy
FRA
-4
71
140
T45
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-4
73
140
T45
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-4
70
140
T56
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
68
141
T56
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-3
71
141
T56
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
72
141
T56
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-3
69
141
T56
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-3
72
141
T56
David Lipsky
USA
-3
73
141
T56
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-3
69
141
T56
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
70
141
T56
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-3
71
141
T56
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-3
72
141
T56
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-3
70
141
T56
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-3
76
141
T56
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
72
141
T56
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-3
71
141
T56
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-3
70
141
T56
Victor Perez
FRA
-3
66
141
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
-2
69
142
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
71
142
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
68
142
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
-2
71
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-2
70
142
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-2
67
142
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
-2
69
142
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
-2
71
142
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-2
71
142
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
72
142
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-2
72
142
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-2
70
142
CUT
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-1
71
143
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
71
143
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
71
143
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-1
70
143
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
69
143
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-1
71
143
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
-1
75
143
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-1
73
143
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
72
143
CUT
Yuxin Lin
CHN
-1
71
143
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
Par
74
144
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
Par
70
144
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
70
144
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
Par
72
144
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
Par
71
144
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
Par
74
144
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
1
72
145
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
1
74
145
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
1
73
145
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
75
145
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
1
71
145
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
1
72
145
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
1
69
145
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
1
73
145
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
1
72
145
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
1
71
145
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
1
71
145
CUT
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
70
145
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
2
72
146
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
2
73
146
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
2
73
146
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
2
74
146
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
2
74
146
CUT
David Law
SCO
3
72
147
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
3
72
147
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
4
73
148
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
4
74
148
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
4
71
148
CUT
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
4
75
148
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
4
73
148
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
4
78
148
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
73
148
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
4
74
148
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
5
71
149
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
5
74
149
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
7
76
151
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
8
75
152
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
10
73
154
CUT
Saif Thabet
UAE
27
87
171