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 4

Lowry claims stunning win in Abu Dhabi

January 19, 2019

Shane Lowry kicked off 2019 with a wonderful wire-to-wire victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA after coming out on top in a trilling final-round battle with Richard Sterne.

Lowry claims stunning win in Abu Dhabi, © Getty Images

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"It was an emotional roller coaster today. I obviously went out with the lead by a few and before I knew it I was four behind.

"I was brave out there today. I ground it out well and I'm over the moon. I'm so excited with this wi n. I can't really tell you how good it feels to be standing here."

The Irishman, who now leads the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, closed his final-round 71 with a crucial birdie to win by a single shot and secure his fourth European Tour title and first Rolex Series title - but he did not have it all his own way on Saturday.

"It's nice to have a star beside my name and to win a Rolex Series event. We are very lucky to be able to play Rolex events on The European Tour. They have done a great job putting these events together, and I'm just over the moon to have one of them.

I'm just so grateful that I've won this and I'm so happy, and I'm going to really enjoy it because you just don't know when it's going to happen again."

Lowry entered the day with a commanding three-shot lead but found himself four strokes behind Sterne after carding four bogeys and two birdies in his first 11 holes.

The 31 year old rallied, though, firing back-to-back birdies at the 12th and 13th and after Sterne dropped a couple of shots coming down the stretch, Lowry made another gain at the 18th to get to 18 under par and clinch his first trophy since the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Dutchman Joost Luiten was alone in third on 15 under after producing two eagles in his final-round 65, with Major winner Louis Oosthuizen a further shot back.

"I'm just happy with the way I'm playing. I feel happy on the golf course and that's a good thing.

"I just need to keep doing what I'm doing now. The swing feels comfortable and I'm hitting some great iron shots, and I just need to keep doing that. If I keep giving myself birdie chances, I'll make a couple."

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Shane Lowry
IRL
-18
62
70
67
71
270
2
Richard Sterne
RSA
-17
65
68
69
69
271
3
Joost Luiten
NED
-15
69
68
71
65
273
4
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-14
65
68
75
66
274
5
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-13
66
69
71
69
275
T6
Paul Waring
ENG
-12
70
67
70
69
276
T6
Ian Poulter
ENG
-12
66
69
69
72
276
T6
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-12
65
72
68
71
276
T9
Tom Lewis
ENG
-11
68
67
75
67
277
T9
Brooks Koepka
USA
-11
67
70
70
70
277
T11
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-10
68
71
72
67
278
T11
David Horsey
ENG
-10
71
66
71
70
278
T11
Dominic Foos
GER
-10
68
68
72
70
278
T11
Jordan Smith
ENG
-10
72
66
70
70
278
T11
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-10
69
66
71
72
278
T16
Dustin Johnson
USA
-9
69
71
72
67
279
T16
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-9
72
65
74
68
279
T16
David Lipsky
USA
-9
68
73
69
69
279
T16
Matt Wallace
ENG
-9
70
68
71
70
279
T16
Lee Westwood
ENG
-9
66
68
73
72
279
T16
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-9
67
70
69
73
279
T22
Martin Kaymer
GER
-8
66
72
74
68
280
T22
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-8
70
68
72
70
280
T22
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-8
70
71
69
70
280
T22
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-8
69
68
72
71
280
T22
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-8
68
71
67
74
280
T27
Scott Hend
AUS
-7
71
68
75
67
281
T27
Branden Grace
RSA
-7
70
69
71
71
281
T27
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-7
70
70
69
72
281
T27
Ryan Fox
NZL
-7
69
70
70
72
281
T27
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-7
68
71
69
73
281
T32
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-6
69
71
74
68
282
T32
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-6
65
76
73
68
282
T32
James Morrison
ENG
-6
69
69
75
69
282
T32
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-6
70
69
73
70
282
T32
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-6
69
72
70
71
282
T32
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-6
69
68
73
72
282
T32
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-6
73
68
69
72
282
T32
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-6
67
73
70
72
282
T32
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-6
66
71
72
73
282
T32
Gavin Green
MAS
-6
69
67
73
73
282
T42
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-5
69
72
72
70
283
T42
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-5
69
72
72
70
283
T42
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-5
70
71
71
71
283
T42
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-5
70
68
73
72
283
T42
Justin Walters
RSA
-5
70
69
72
72
283
T42
Sam Brazel
AUS
-5
70
69
72
72
283
T42
Grant Forrest
SCO
-5
71
65
72
75
283
T49
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-4
71
68
75
70
284
T49
Andres Romero
ARG
-4
70
70
73
71
284
T49
Dean Burmester
RSA
-4
71
69
73
71
284
T49
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-4
71
70
72
71
284
T49
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-4
70
68
72
74
284
T54
Victor Perez
FRA
-3
75
66
75
69
285
T54
Aaron Rai
ENG
-3
68
70
76
71
285
T54
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-3
69
71
74
71
285
T54
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
69
72
73
71
285
T54
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
71
70
72
72
285
T54
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-3
71
65
76
73
285
T54
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-3
70
68
74
73
285
T54
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-3
71
68
73
73
285
T54
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-3
71
69
72
73
285
T63
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-2
70
71
72
73
286
T63
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-2
71
70
71
74
286
T65
Thomas Detry
BEL
-1
72
67
76
72
287
T65
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-1
72
69
71
75
287
T67
Kurt Kitayama
USA
1
72
69
75
73
289
T67
Alexander Levy
FRA
1
69
71
74
75
289
69
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
70
70
74
76
290
70
Zander Lombard
RSA
3
70
70
80
71
291
71
Nino Bertasio
ITA
4
69
70
79
74
292
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
R4
Total
1
Shane Lowry
IRL
-18
71
270
2
Richard Sterne
RSA
-17
69
271
3
Joost Luiten
NED
-15
65
273
4
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-14
66
274
5
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-13
69
275
T6
Paul Waring
ENG
-12
69
276
T6
Ian Poulter
ENG
-12
72
276
T6
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-12
71
276
T9
Tom Lewis
ENG
-11
67
277
T9
Brooks Koepka
USA
-11
70
277
T11
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-10
67
278
T11
David Horsey
ENG
-10
70
278
T11
Dominic Foos
GER
-10
70
278
T11
Jordan Smith
ENG
-10
70
278
T11
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-10
72
278
T16
Dustin Johnson
USA
-9
67
279
T16
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-9
68
279
T16
David Lipsky
USA
-9
69
279
T16
Matt Wallace
ENG
-9
70
279
T16
Lee Westwood
ENG
-9
72
279
T16
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-9
73
279
T22
Martin Kaymer
GER
-8
68
280
T22
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-8
70
280
T22
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-8
70
280
T22
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-8
71
280
T22
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-8
74
280
T27
Scott Hend
AUS
-7
67
281
T27
Branden Grace
RSA
-7
71
281
T27
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-7
72
281
T27
Ryan Fox
NZL
-7
72
281
T27
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-7
73
281
T32
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-6
68
282
T32
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-6
68
282
T32
James Morrison
ENG
-6
69
282
T32
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-6
70
282
T32
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-6
71
282
T32
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-6
72
282
T32
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-6
72
282
T32
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-6
72
282
T32
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-6
73
282
T32
Gavin Green
MAS
-6
73
282
T42
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-5
70
283
T42
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-5
70
283
T42
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-5
71
283
T42
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-5
72
283
T42
Justin Walters
RSA
-5
72
283
T42
Sam Brazel
AUS
-5
72
283
T42
Grant Forrest
SCO
-5
75
283
T49
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-4
70
284
T49
Andres Romero
ARG
-4
71
284
T49
Dean Burmester
RSA
-4
71
284
T49
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-4
71
284
T49
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-4
74
284
T54
Victor Perez
FRA
-3
69
285
T54
Aaron Rai
ENG
-3
71
285
T54
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-3
71
285
T54
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
71
285
T54
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
72
285
T54
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-3
73
285
T54
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-3
73
285
T54
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-3
73
285
T54
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-3
73
285
T63
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-2
73
286
T63
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-2
74
286
T65
Thomas Detry
BEL
-1
72
287
T65
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-1
75
287
T67
Kurt Kitayama
USA
1
73
289
T67
Alexander Levy
FRA
1
75
289
69
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
76
290
70
Zander Lombard
RSA
3
71
291
71
Nino Bertasio
ITA
4
74
292
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