Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship R3

Wonderful Westwood shows his class to lead a tight field

January 16-19
Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
$7,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Englishman Lee Westwood, a 24-time winner on the European Tour, shot a sparkling 65 (-7) to take a one-shot lead into the final day of the 2020 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship R3 - Westwood leading
Lee Westwood. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

The highlight of Westwood’s round came on the par five 8th where he produced a stunning eagle on his way to a sensational front nine 31 (-5). Westwood’s form continued into the back nine, registering three birdies to finish on seven-under par and heads into the final day one shot ahead of Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and Italian Francesco Laporta. 

Following the round, Westwood said: “I played well today. I holed a couple of putts early on which gave me some momentum and then hit a shot into eight, the par 5, with a hybrid to about three feet. I backed it up with a birdie at nine and was on a bit of a roll. I missed a few chances on the back nine but I’m happy with my solid finish. I’m excited about tomorrow – it’s always a bonus to be in contention, which is why we come out here.”

Wiesberger continued his Rolex Series love affair with a majestic bogey-free 65 (-7). The 54-year old Austrian, who is now without a bogey for 38 holes, ended his round in style with three consecutive birdies and will be confident of sealing his third Rolex Series victory having won the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open in 2019. He is joined in second place by the halfway leader, Francesco Laporta, who shot a steady 69 (-3).


Speaking at the close of play, Wiesberger commented: “I hit a lot of greens although I struggled a bit on the last. I was really good off the tee for the rest of the round too. I think I hit more fairways today than I did the first two days which helps as I get into position to take on the flags. I actually missed a few easy putts on the back nine but managed to make a few 20-footers to even it out.”

European Tour veteran, Sergio Garcia, has been ever-present at the top of the leaderboard this week and showed no signs of slowing down today. A bogey on the 4th hole spurred Garcia into action and he bounced back immediately with an eagle on the par five 8th, having hit a delightful three-wood from the middle of the fairway to ten feet.

The round of the day came from German Sebastian Heisele who shot an incredible 64 (-8) to charge up the leaderboard on moving day. Heisele, who was raised in Dubai, used his local knowledge to his advantage to navigate the course with expertise, carding an extraordinary eight birdies and 10 pars.

Amongst the chasing pack is two-time champion and fan-favourite, Tommy Fleetwood who got off to a flyer with four consecutive birdies as he shot an impressive 67 (-5) that included only one dropped shot. Fleetwood sits tied-14th alongside nine other players.

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship R3 - Westwood leading
Bernd Wiesberger. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Discussing his fondness for Abu Dhabi, Fleetwood stated: “I always love playing here. I think everybody does because it is such a great way to start the year. The course is great, we get looked after really well and the weather is unbelievable. I’ve great moments here and some tough ones but it’s always a pleasure to start the year off in Abu Dhabi.”

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA recently become part of the prestigious Rolex Series and with a prize fund now at US$7million, is one of the premium tournaments on The European Tour.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Lee Westwood
ENG
-14
69
68
65
202
T2
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-13
69
69
65
203
T2
Francesco Laporta
ITA
-13
71
63
69
203
4
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-12
68
67
69
204
T5
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-11
67
70
68
205
T5
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-11
67
69
69
205
T7
Thomas Detry
BEL
-10
69
70
67
206
T7
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-10
67
68
71
206
T9
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-9
70
73
64
207
T9
Ross Fisher
ENG
-9
70
71
66
207
T9
Jack Senior
ENG
-9
71
70
66
207
T9
Zander Lombard
RSA
-9
67
71
69
207
T9
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-9
69
68
70
207
T14
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-8
70
73
65
208
T14
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-8
68
73
67
208
T14
Romain Langasque
FRA
-8
70
71
67
208
T14
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-8
71
70
67
208
T14
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-8
69
71
68
208
T14
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-8
70
70
68
208
T14
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-8
75
65
68
208
T14
Victor Perez
FRA
-8
70
70
68
208
T14
Scott Hend
AUS
-8
69
70
69
208
T14
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-8
68
70
70
208
T24
Brandon Stone
RSA
-7
71
72
66
209
T24
Jordan Smith
ENG
-7
74
68
67
209
T24
Paul Waring
ENG
-7
71
71
67
209
T24
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-7
73
69
67
209
T24
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-7
72
69
68
209
T24
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-7
68
73
68
209
T24
Shaun Norris
RSA
-7
64
77
68
209
T24
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-7
71
69
69
209
T24
Branden Grace
RSA
-7
68
72
69
209
T24
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-7
74
66
69
209
T24
Yuxin Lin
CHN
-7
69
70
70
209
T24
Zach Murray
AUS
-7
67
72
70
209
T24
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-7
71
66
72
209
T37
Gavin Green
MAS
-6
73
70
67
210
T37
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-6
71
72
67
210
T37
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-6
71
72
67
210
T37
Sean Crocker
USA
-6
72
70
68
210
T37
David Lipsky
USA
-6
73
69
68
210
T37
Martin Kaymer
GER
-6
68
73
69
210
T37
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-6
73
68
69
210
T37
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-6
69
71
70
210
T37
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-6
71
70
69
210
T37
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-6
70
70
70
210
T37
Haotong Li
CHN
-6
67
69
74
210
T48
Brooks Koepka
USA
-5
66
75
70
211
T48
Joost Luiten
NED
-5
70
68
73
211
T50
Justin Walters
RSA
-4
73
70
69
212
T50
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
73
70
69
212
T50
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-4
71
71
70
212
T50
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-4
69
72
71
212
T50
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-4
69
71
72
212
T50
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-4
75
64
73
212
T50
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-4
70
67
75
212
T50
Renato Paratore
ITA
-4
64
72
76
212
T58
David Drysdale
SCO
-3
70
71
72
213
T58
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-3
71
70
72
213
T58
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-3
71
70
72
213
T61
Jeff Winther
SWE
-2
73
70
71
214
T61
Justin Harding
RSA
-2
69
73
72
214
T61
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-2
66
74
74
214
T61
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-2
69
69
76
214
T61
David Law
SCO
-2
70
68
76
214
T66
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-1
69
74
72
215
T66
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
71
72
72
215
T66
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-1
71
71
73
215
T66
Grant Forrest
SCO
-1
74
68
73
215
T70
David Howell
ENG
1
70
72
75
217
T70
Nacho Elvira
ESP
1
72
67
78
217
72
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
2
70
73
75
218
73
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
6
73
70
79
222
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Calum Hill
SCO
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
Par
73
71
144
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Shane Lowry
IRL
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Viktor Hovland
NOR
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
1
72
73
145
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
1
68
77
145
CUT
Roope Kakko
FIN
1
72
73
145
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
1
74
71
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
73
73
146
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
2
71
75
146
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
75
71
146
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
2
71
75
146
CUT
Julien Guerrier
FRA
2
74
72
146
CUT
Marcus Armitage
ENG
2
77
69
146
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
2
70
76
146
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
2
71
75
146
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
2
74
72
146
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
2
72
74
146
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
2
76
70
146
CUT
Tom Lewis
ENG
2
75
71
146
CUT
Adrian Meronk
POL
3
74
73
147
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Ian Poulter
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
3
75
72
147
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
3
71
76
147
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
3
74
73
147
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
4
74
74
148
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
4
76
72
148
CUT
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
5
72
77
149
CUT
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
5
77
72
149
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
5
77
72
149
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
6
77
73
150
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
6
77
73
150
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
6
74
76
150
CUT
Joshua Hill
ENG
6
74
76
150
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
6
76
74
150
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
7
77
74
151
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
7
75
76
151
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
8
78
74
152
CUT
Paul Lawrie
SCO
8
78
74
152
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
9
79
74
153
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
9
80
73
153
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
9
72
81
153
CUT
Graeme Storm
ENG
10
76
78
154
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
13
76
81
157
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
15
84
75
159
CUT
Ahmed Skaik
UAE
25
84
85
169