Friday, November 18, 2016

Wiesberger flying high with two

 eagles in Dubai

Bernd Wiesberger produced two eagles in his final five holes to catapult himself into contention on day two of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai today.
To register two eagles in a single round is something quite special but to do it coming down the stretch in one of the most high-pressure events of the year could be called remarkable.
The Austrian was level par for his round as he reached the 14th but a brilliant three wood helped create an eagle and he followed that up with a birdie on the 16th.
The tee on the 18th had been moved up in round two to enable players to attack the green and Wiesberger did just that, making another big bird to pick up five shots in as many holes and sit just two off the lead heading into the weekend.
"That swing on that three wood on 14 really kind of changed the momentum and approach to the shot for me," he said. 
"So that was not only important for the score but also to get my rhythm on the shots back and get comfortable over the ball again. It was just the right shot at the right time, I guess.
"I didn't miss a shot in the last five and that gives me good feelings and good momentum for the weekend. I'm looking forward to the weekend and I hope we can get some more of those eagles out there the next two days and see what happens."
Lee Westwood had no such luck on the last, putting his second in the water to record the only bogey of his round and leave him one shot behind Sergio Garcia and Francesco Molinari at the top of the leaderboard.
The 23-time European Tour winner has seen it all before, though, and will not let that disappointment derail his bid for a second victory at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
"Somebody clicked a camera on the right-hand side and put me off, it happens," he said. "I just have to regroup. The pitch shot in was poor but it was a good two-putt.
"I am looking forward to the weekend. There's always a low score around this golf course. That's the great thing about it; if you play well it gives you a chance to score low and, if you don't, anybody can shoot 75 or 76."
Tyrrell Hatton came home in 31 to equal the low round of the week with a 66 and he will head into the weekend just two off the lead.

The Englishman won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship last month to move himself into the top five in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, and he is hoping to use that experience in the United Arab Emirates.
"I have the confidence that I can win and I've done well in big events in the past," he said. "So I'll just take that confidence and hopefully I can have a good weekend.
"I don't feel like I hit it particularly close today but I just holed more than my fair share. So hopefully that continues over the weekend."


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