Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship R2

Hatton storms into five shot lead

January 21-24
Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
$8,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 2021 R2 - Hatton storms into five shot lead
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Tyrrell Hatton has a fourth Rolex Series victory in his sights after opening up a commanding five shot lead on day two of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m obviously in a great position at the moment. It was certainly tough out there, so I’m really happy to be five under. Holed some nice putts and there was a couple par putts toward the end of my round, nice to hole them and keep a bit of momentum going.”


The World Number Nine recorded an eagle – his third of the week – four birdies and a single bogey in the first 13 holes of his second round before play was suspended due to fading light just before 6pm local time.

“I haven’t actually done much short game,” said Hatton. “It’s been weird. The last sort of three weeks I’ve been hitting balls again, I was mainly focusing on long game. It’s a little bit of a surprise to see my short game as good as it has been last two days but obviously, I need that to continue over the next however many holes we’ve got left.



“Well, it’s not going to be too bad I think because what have we got, four, five holes left to play tomorrow morning. It’s going to be a bit of a long wait potentially if I finish nicely tomorrow morning before I go out for round three. But it will be fine. I’ll just try and stay loose and see how we go.”

The Englishman, who triumphed on home soil at the BMW PGA Championship in September for his fifth European Tour title and his third Rolex Series victory, will re-start his round at 7.30 am on Saturday as he aims to hold off a chasing pack that includes four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy.


The overnight leader slipped back to seven under par with four holes left to play of a rollercoaster second round, to sit in a tie for second alongside Jason Scrivener, Jazz Janewattananond, and Romain Langasque, who will also return to complete the round on Saturday morning.

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“It was hard work this afternoon,” said Scrivener. “Had to hole a few nice par putts to keep the round going but happy with it. Put in a lot of work over the off-season and it’s nice to see it pay off this early, and yeah we look forward to the weekend.

“We’re just not really used to it around here. Normally it’s nice and warm the ball goes a mile but some of those holes are pretty long, so you kind of had to adjust as you went but it’s a really good test.”

Two time Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship winner Tommy Fleetwood is amongst a group of ten players at six under par after a bogey-free five under par round of 67 .

“I think yesterday, I struggled, like I walked off and sat there last night and talked to Finno and Tommo, and I think I just forced it a little bit,” said Fleetwood.



“It was really windy going out there in tough conditions and I think I tried to force a few golf shots playing in the wind, trying too hard to hit good golf shot and didn’t do the things that we work on, really. So that was just something that we spoke about.

“Slept on it, hit a good one this morning and stiffed it on 12 and got playing again and got going. Today I did things a lot better. Did what we discussed in my golf swing and drove it really, really well there in the afternoon and that made such a big difference in the wind. I was driving it really well. Hit some great irons. Holed out really well. Didn’t really give anything away. It was a much better day, really.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
Thru
Today
R1
R2
Total
1
Tyrrell Hatton
-12
13
-5
65
65
T2
Jazz Janewattananond
-7
F
-3
68
69
137
T2
Jason Scrivener
-7
F
-2
67
70
137
T2
Romain Langasque
-7
16
-2
67
67
T2
Rory McIlroy
-7
14
1
64
64
T6
Kristoffer Broberg
-6
F
-3
69
69
138
T6
Tommy Fleetwood
-6
F
-5
71
67
138
T6
David Lipsky
-6
F
-6
72
66
138
T6
Marc Warren
-6
F
-6
72
66
138
T6
Fabrizio Zanotti
-6
13
E
66
66
T6
Matt Wallace
-6
12
-2
68
68
T6
Mikko Korhonen
-6
11
-3
69
69
T6
Rafa Cabrera Bello
-6
10
-1
67
67
T6
Lucas Herbert
-6
10
-2
68
68
T6
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-6
8
-2
68
68
T16
Joost Luiten
-5
F
-2
69
70
139
T16
Callum Shinkwin
-5
F
-3
70
69
139
T16
Matthew Southgate
-5
F
-7
74
65
139
T19
Thomas Pieters
-4
F
-1
69
71
140
T19
Sebastian Soderberg
-4
F
-1
69
71
140
T19
Nino Bertasio
-4
16
-3
71
71
T19
Stephen Gallacher
-4
11
-1
69
69
T19
Wade Ormsby
-4
10
-1
69
69
T24
Adri Arnaus
-3
F
-5
74
67
141
T24
George Coetzee
-3
F
-1
70
71
141
T24
Benjamin Hebert
-3
F
1
68
73
141
T24
Scott Jamieson
-3
F
-2
71
70
141
T24
Masahiro Kawamura
-3
F
-2
71
70
141
T24
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-3
F
E
69
72
141
T24
Aaron Rai
-3
F
E
69
72
141
T24
Chris Paisley
-3
16
-3
72
72
T24
Lee Westwood
-3
14
E
69
69
T24
Victor Perez
-3
12
1
68
68
T34
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-2
F
-1
71
71
142
T34
Lucas Bjerregaard
-2
F
2
68
74
142
T34
Alexander Björk
-2
F
E
70
72
142
T34
Victor Dubuisson
-2
F
-3
73
69
142
T34
Grant Forrest
-2
F
-2
72
70
142
T34
Justin Harding
-2
F
-3
73
69
142
T34
Kurt Kitayama
-2
F
2
68
74
142
T34
Justin Rose
-2
F
E
70
72
142
T34
Padraig Harrington
-2
12
E
70
70
T34
Scott Hend
-2
12
-1
71
71
T34
Robert MacIntyre
-2
12
-2
72
72
T34
James Morrison
-2
9
1
69
69
T34
Matthias Schwab
-2
8
-1
71
71
T34
Oliver Wilson
-2
8
E
70
70
T48
Marcus Armitage
-1
F
-2
73
70
143
T48
Nicolas Colsaerts
-1
F
-1
72
71
143
T48
Calum Hill
-1
F
-1
72
71
143
T48
Rasmus Højgaard
-1
F
E
71
72
143
T48
Robert Rock
-1
F
-1
72
71
143
T48
Antoine Rozner
-1
F
E
71
72
143
T48
Richard Sterne
-1
F
E
71
72
143
T48
Danny Willett
-1
F
E
71
72
143
T48
Francesco Laporta
-1
15
-1
72
72
T48
Jordan Smith
-1
14
-1
72
72
T48
Justin Thomas
-1
14
-2
73
73
T48
Ahmed Marjan
-1
12
-1
72
72
T48
Henrik Stenson
-1
12
E
71
71
T48
Andy Sullivan
-1
10
-1
72
72
T48
Richard Bland
-1
9
-1
72
72
T48
Steven Brown
-1
9
2
69
69
T48
David Horsey
-1
9
1
70
70
T48
Maximilian Kieffer
-1
9
-1
72
72
T66
Joachim B. Hansen
E
F
E
72
72
144
T66
Min Woo Lee
E
F
1
71
73
144
T66
Graeme McDowell
E
F
E
72
72
144
T66
Adrian Otaegui
E
F
E
72
72
144
T66
Kalle Samooja
E
F
-1
73
71
144
T66
Laurie Canter
E
15
2
70
70
T66
Tapio Pulkkanen
E
14
-1
73
73
T66
Gaganjeet Bhullar
E
13
E
72
72
T66
Matthew Fitzpatrick
E
13
2
70
70
T66
Alexander Levy
E
12
E
72
72
T66
Guido Migliozzi
E
12
-1
73
73
T66
Bernd Wiesberger
E
12
2
70
70
T66
Ryan Fox
E
11
-1
73
73
T66
Søren Kjeldsen
E
9
1
71
71
T66
Joel Stalter
E
9
-1
73
73
T66
David Drysdale
E
8
-1
73
73
T66
Jeff Winther
E
8
-2
74
74
T83
Jamie Donaldson
1
F
1
72
73
145
T83
Lorenzo Gagli
1
F
1
72
73
145
T83
Garrick Higgo
1
F
E
73
72
145
T83
Pablo Larrazabal
1
F
-1
74
71
145
T83
Shane Lowry
1
F
-2
75
70
145
T83
Julian Suri
1
F
2
71
74
145
T83
Thomas Aiken
1
14
E
73
73
T83
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
1
14
4
69
69
T83
Gavin Kyle Green
1
10
-1
74
74
T83
Ashley Chesters
1
9
1
72
72
T83
Richie Ramsay
1
8
-1
74
74
T94
Raphael Jacquelin
2
F
-4
78
68
146
T94
David Law
2
F
4
70
76
146
T94
Justin Walters
2
F
3
71
75
146
T94
Ross Fisher
2
14
2
72
72
T94
Tom Lewis
2
10
2
72
72
T94
Haotong Li
2
10
3
71
71
T94
Julien Guerrier
2
8
E
74
74
T101
Jorge Campillo
3
F
1
74
73
147
T101
Sean Crocker
3
F
2
73
74
147
T101
Robert Karlsson
3
F
-2
77
70
147
T101
Martin Kaymer
3
F
1
74
73
147
T101
Zander Lombard
3
14
1
74
74
T101
Chris Wood
3
9
1
74
74
T107
Edoardo Molinari
4
F
2
74
74
148
T107
Brandon Stone
4
F
6
70
78
148
T107
Matthieu Pavon
4
13
-1
77
77
T107
David Howell
4
9
2
74
74
T111
Ross McGowan
5
F
6
71
78
149
T111
Eddie Pepperell
5
F
6
71
78
149
T111
Alvaro Quiros
5
F
4
73
76
149
T111
Shubhankar Sharma
5
F
1
76
73
149
T111
Ashun Wu
5
F
1
76
73
149
T111
Ian Poulter
5
14
6
71
71
T111
Paul Waring
5
12
4
73
73
T111
John Catlin
5
11
2
75
75
T119
Thomas Detry
6
F
4
74
76
150
T119
Renato Paratore
6
F
E
78
72
150
T119
Haydn Porteous
6
10
1
77
77
T122
Richard McEvoy
7
F
4
75
76
151
T122
Dean Burmester
7
10
1
78
78
T122
Marcus Kinhult
7
10
-2
81
81
125
Sami Valimaki
8
F
3
77
75
152
T126
Thomas Bjørn
9
F
9
72
81
153
T126
Oliver Fisher
9
9
5
76
76
128
Wilco Nienaber
11
16
7
76
76
T129
Arjun Gupta
13
F
6
79
78
157
T129
Ahmad Skaik (a)
13
12
9
76
76
WD
Joakim Lagergren
3
34
34
WD
Andrea Pavan
2
69
69
DNS
Andrew Johnston
E