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 3

Lowry takes three-shot lead into final round

January 18, 2019

Shane Lowry remains on course to claim his first European Tour title since 2015 after extending his advantage to three shots on day three of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.

Lowry takes three-shot lead into final round, © Getty Images

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“I played good. I felt very comfortable out there today and very happy with that. Very excited about tomorrow. Obviously I'm in a great position. It's been a while since I've been up having a lead going into Sunday. I'll enjoy it. Have a nice dinner tonight and get ready tomorrow and give it my best tomorrow and see what happens."

The 31 year old secured the most recent of his three victories at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational over three years ago but he is in pole position with one round remaining after posting a third-round 67.

Lowry showcased his short-game prowess on a breezy afternoon at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, mixing seven birdies - including three in a row from the sixth - with two bogeys on Friday to get to 17 under par.

“I think the up-and-down on 17 was huge, because I knew Richard (Sterne) was making a few birdies, and it's only the third round but it's nice to be in the lead. To hit one in after 17, I was happy to make birdie.

“I'm not going to say I feel invincible because we all know that this game is not easy, and it can jump up and bite you when you least expect it. I'm just trying to go out and do what I've been doing. I've been hitting some lovely iron shots. It just so happens that I've hit them on the par threes and holed a few putts. It just shows when I get myself in position, I can give myself chances and that's kind of what I need to do.

“Obviously we're playing in a world-class field on a very difficult golf course. I think I just need to go out and stay aggressive and just play my own game and try and make as many birdies as I can. That's the way I play golf. If I can do that, hopefully I can be up there at the end of the day and give myself a chance coming down the last few.”

Sterne, who has not been in the winner's circle since clinching his sixth European Tour title at the Joburg Open in 2013, was Lowry's nearest challenger on 14 under following his third-round 69.

“I'm very happy, good back nine and I hit the ball pretty decently. It was obviously a lot tougher today. The course showed its teeth and 69 proved to be a good score.

“I was quite relaxed today. Yesterday I was a little nervous for some reason. It's been a long time since I've been in contention but I've managed to pull it off a few times, so maybe there's some magic left in me.”

Meanwhile, Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter finished his round with an eagle to head into the final day in third place on 12 under - one shot clear of 2014 Champion Pablo Larrazábal – with Belgian Thomas Pieters, Dane Søren Kjeldsen, and Scotland's Scott Jamieson a further shot off the pace.

“It felt pretty good, I have to say," said Poulter. "The round was a bit frustrating. It was one of those days where I wanted to keep it out of the traps but all I kept doing was hitting it in them. To finish with a three was good, especially after obviously bogeying 16. It looked a long way back when Shane was moving way forward, but eagle and a bogey obviously helps.

“The greens are good and I think if you play well, and you play smart, take advantage of the par fives tomorrow, I think definitely in with a chance.

“Abu Dhabi has always been good, a lot of home support fans obviously fly out for the Middle East swing. Playing in front of these guys is always good fun.”

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Shane Lowry
IRL
-17
62
70
67
199
2
Richard Sterne
RSA
-14
65
68
69
202
3
Ian Poulter
ENG
-12
66
69
69
204
4
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-11
65
72
68
205
T5
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-10
68
71
67
206
T5
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-10
67
70
69
206
T5
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-10
66
69
71
206
T5
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-10
69
66
71
206
T9
Brooks Koepka
USA
-9
67
70
70
207
T9
Paul Waring
ENG
-9
70
67
70
207
T9
Lee Westwood
ENG
-9
66
68
73
207
T12
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-8
68
71
69
208
T12
Jordan Smith
ENG
-8
72
66
70
208
T12
David Horsey
ENG
-8
71
66
71
208
T12
Joost Luiten
NED
-8
69
68
71
208
T12
Dominic Foos
GER
-8
68
68
72
208
T12
Grant Forrest
SCO
-8
71
65
72
208
T12
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-8
65
68
75
208
T19
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-7
70
70
69
209
T19
Ryan Fox
NZL
-7
69
70
70
209
T19
Matt Wallace
ENG
-7
70
68
71
209
T19
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-7
69
68
72
209
T19
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-7
66
71
72
209
T19
Gavin Green
MAS
-7
69
67
73
209
T25
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-6
70
71
69
210
T25
David Lipsky
USA
-6
68
73
69
210
T25
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-6
73
68
69
210
T25
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-6
67
73
70
210
T25
Branden Grace
RSA
-6
70
69
71
210
T25
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
70
68
72
210
T25
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-6
70
68
72
210
T25
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-6
69
68
73
210
T25
Tom Lewis
ENG
-6
68
67
75
210
T34
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-5
69
72
70
211
T34
Justin Walters
RSA
-5
70
69
72
211
T34
Sam Brazel
AUS
-5
70
69
72
211
T34
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-5
68
71
72
211
T34
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-5
70
68
73
211
T34
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-5
72
65
74
211
T40
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-4
71
70
71
212
T40
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-4
72
69
71
212
T40
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-4
70
71
71
212
T40
Dustin Johnson
USA
-4
69
71
72
212
T40
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-4
71
69
72
212
T40
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-4
70
69
73
212
T40
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-4
71
68
73
212
T40
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-4
70
68
74
212
T40
Martin Kaymer
GER
-4
66
72
74
212
T40
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-4
71
65
76
212
T50
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-3
71
70
72
213
T50
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-3
69
72
72
213
T50
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
71
70
72
213
T50
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-3
70
71
72
213
T50
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
69
72
72
213
T50
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
71
69
73
213
T50
Andres Romero
ARG
-3
70
70
73
213
T50
James Morrison
ENG
-3
69
69
75
213
T58
Ross Fisher
ENG
-2
69
72
73
214
T58
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
65
76
73
214
T58
Alexander Levy
FRA
-2
69
71
74
214
T58
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-2
70
70
74
214
T58
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
69
71
74
214
T58
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-2
69
71
74
214
T58
Scott Hend
AUS
-2
71
68
75
214
T58
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
71
68
75
214
T58
Aaron Rai
ENG
-2
68
70
76
214
67
Thomas Detry
BEL
-1
72
67
76
215
T68
Victor Perez
FRA
Par
75
66
75
216
T68
Kurt Kitayama
USA
Par
72
69
75
216
70
Nino Bertasio
ITA
2
69
70
79
218
71
Zander Lombard
RSA
4
70
70
80
220
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
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
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
2
73
73
-
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
R3
Total
1
Shane Lowry
IRL
-17
67
199
2
Richard Sterne
RSA
-14
69
202
3
Ian Poulter
ENG
-12
69
204
4
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-11
68
205
T5
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-10
67
206
T5
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-10
69
206
T5
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-10
71
206
T5
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-10
71
206
T9
Brooks Koepka
USA
-9
70
207
T9
Paul Waring
ENG
-9
70
207
T9
Lee Westwood
ENG
-9
73
207
T12
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-8
69
208
T12
Jordan Smith
ENG
-8
70
208
T12
David Horsey
ENG
-8
71
208
T12
Joost Luiten
NED
-8
71
208
T12
Dominic Foos
GER
-8
72
208
T12
Grant Forrest
SCO
-8
72
208
T12
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-8
75
208
T19
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-7
69
209
T19
Ryan Fox
NZL
-7
70
209
T19
Matt Wallace
ENG
-7
71
209
T19
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-7
72
209
T19
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-7
72
209
T19
Gavin Green
MAS
-7
73
209
T25
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-6
69
210
T25
David Lipsky
USA
-6
69
210
T25
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-6
69
210
T25
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-6
70
210
T25
Branden Grace
RSA
-6
71
210
T25
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
72
210
T25
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-6
72
210
T25
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-6
73
210
T25
Tom Lewis
ENG
-6
75
210
T34
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-5
70
211
T34
Justin Walters
RSA
-5
72
211
T34
Sam Brazel
AUS
-5
72
211
T34
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-5
72
211
T34
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-5
73
211
T34
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-5
74
211
T40
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-4
71
212
T40
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-4
71
212
T40
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-4
71
212
T40
Dustin Johnson
USA
-4
72
212
T40
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-4
72
212
T40
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-4
73
212
T40
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-4
73
212
T40
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-4
74
212
T40
Martin Kaymer
GER
-4
74
212
T40
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-4
76
212
T50
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-3
72
213
T50
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-3
72
213
T50
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
72
213
T50
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-3
72
213
T50
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
72
213
T50
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
73
213
T50
Andres Romero
ARG
-3
73
213
T50
James Morrison
ENG
-3
75
213
T58
Ross Fisher
ENG
-2
73
214
T58
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
73
214
T58
Alexander Levy
FRA
-2
74
214
T58
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-2
74
214
T58
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
74
214
T58
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-2
74
214
T58
Scott Hend
AUS
-2
75
214
T58
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
75
214
T58
Aaron Rai
ENG
-2
76
214
67
Thomas Detry
BEL
-1
76
215
T68
Victor Perez
FRA
Par
75
216
T68
Kurt Kitayama
USA
Par
75
216
70
Nino Bertasio
ITA
2
79
218
71
Zander Lombard
RSA
4
80
220
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
-2
-
142
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
-
142
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
-
142
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
-2
-
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-2
-
142
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-2
-
142
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
-2
-
142
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
-2
-
142
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-2
-
142
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
-
142
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-2
-
142
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-2
-
142
CUT
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-1
-
143
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
-
143
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
-
143
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-1
-
143
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
-
143
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-1
-
143
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
-1
-
143
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-1
-
143
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
-
143
CUT
Yuxin Lin
CHN
-1
-
143
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
Par
-
144
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
Par
-
144
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
-
144
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
Par
-
144
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
Par
-
144
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
Par
-
144
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
1
-
145
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
1
-
145
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
-
145
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
1
-
145
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
1
-
145
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
1
-
145
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
1
-
145
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
1
-
145
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
1
-
145
CUT
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
-
145
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
2
-
146
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
2
-
146
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
2
-
146
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
2
-
146
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
2
-
146
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
2
-
146
CUT
David Law
SCO
3
-
147
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
3
-
147
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
4
-
148
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
4
-
148
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
4
-
148
CUT
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
4
-
148
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
4
-
148
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
4
-
148
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
-
148
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
4
-
148
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
5
-
149
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
5
-
149
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
7
-
151
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
8
-
152
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
10
-
154
CUT
Saif Thabet
UAE
27
-
171