Friday, January 20, 2017

Gallacher, Lawrie, Stewart miss cut at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Kaymer leads at halfway over his favourite course

Martin Kaymer rekindled his remarkable love affair with Abu Dhabi Golf Club, firing a second consecutive round of 66 today (Friday) to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the European Tour's  Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The German has lifted the Falcon Trophy three times, with two further top-three finishes in his ten visits, and he took a familiar position at the top of the leaderboard on 12 under par in his quest for a fourth title in Abu Dhabi, and a first European Tour win since the 2014 US Open.
Kaymer kick-started his second round with an eagle on the eighth hole and added six birdies on the back nine to edge one shot clear of Ryder Cup teammate Rafa Cabrera-Bello, the Spaniard who also signed for a six under par round of 66.
Ireland’s Paul Dunne, Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat are a further shot back on ten under par, while Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, the first round leader, posted a one under par 71 and is in a four-way share of sixth position, alongside 2014 champion Pablo Larrazábal.
Meanwhile, defending champion Rickie Fowler and US Open champion Dustin Johnson both moved to four under par after matching rounds of 68.
Four Scots made the cut (142 and better qualified) but three compatriots failed. Marc Warren (138), David Drysdale (139), Richie Ramsay (141) and Scott Jamieson (141) will play in the weekend rounds 
but Stephen Gallacher (playing his 500th European Tour event) (143), Paul Lawrie (147) and Duncan Stewart (148) were eliminated.
Also on the 148 mark was last week's tournament winner, Graeme Storm, pictured right. He had a second-round 77. Sic transit gloria.
Another even bigger name, Masters winner Danny Willett, missed the cut.
Willett added a 76 to a 74 and finished 121st in the 126-man field. He had a 9 at the par-5 10th after driving into the desert, hitting the ball out of bounds, then into a bunker before three-putting.

"Christmas golf-course rust," Willett said.
Player quotes
Martin Kaymer: “I felt like I played a little bit better than yesterday. It was a bit more difficult today with the wind, especially the first nine. I struck the ball a little bit better and I made a few long putts today, same as yesterday.

" I don't try to push at all. I just try to enjoy playing my favourite golf course. Once in a while, when a putt drops in, you catch momentum and you can make another three or four birdies coming in, like it happened today; I think I made only two pars on the back nine.
“It's nice when you can let go. It's one of those things when you practise a lot, you feel good and then you leave the range and then you play a few practice rounds, you play a pro-am and it's not quite there yet.
"And then you hope: Is it tomorrow? Is it Friday or Saturday? The day where everything pays off; and then it pays off right away. I'm not quite a hundred per cent happy yet with how I played. There's a few things here and there, but we always have those little things if you're a perfectionist. But overall, I think it paid off fairly well so far.”
Rafa Cabrera Bello: “The conditions were very nice this morning. Not a breath of wind. The ball was rolling on the green perfectly. I managed to putt very good and kept myself out of trouble. Didn't make those mistakes I made yesterday off the tee. In the end, very pleased with six under.
“My last tournament was Hong Kong, and then I took the entire of December off and the second of January, I started practising. I had two weeks of very, very good practice, first one easing into it and last one pretty hard. I felt my game was coming into shape.
"Last year was a great season but it was the first season of my career I achieved every single thing I wanted, except winning. I can't really put too much blame on myself for that because sometimes you just need to wait for it to happen. I did give myself lots of chances and I know it will happen at some point.”
Henrik Stenson: “I think game-wise, it wasn't too bad. I felt at times I was hitting it better today. A couple of soft bogeys in the middle of the round. I felt a little slow all day.
"I think I had my best night's sleep, nine hours straight, and felt the worst I've been all week. Just a day where there was not too much going for me, but no catastrophes really. So we're still at the races.”
Complete round two scores
par 144 (2x72)
132 M Kaymer (Ger) 66 66
133 R Cabrera Bello (Esp) 67 66
134 K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 66 68, T Fleetwood  (Eng) 67 67, P Dunne (Ire) 68 66
135 J Wang (SKor) 68 67, H Stenson (Swe) 64 71, T Hatton (Eng) 67 68, P Larrazábal (Esp) 68 67
136 S Brazel (Aus) 71 65, C Paisley  (Eng) 71 65,
137 B Dredge (Wal) 68 69, L Westwood (Eng) 68 69, C Hanson (Eng) 71 66, P Uihlein  (USA) 70 67, B Wiesberger  (Aut) 68 69, M Kieffer (Ger) 70 67, P Hanson (Swe) 68 69, C Luck (am) (Aus) 72 65
138 J Smith (Eng) 68 70, T Bjørn (Den) 68 70, B An (SKor) 69 69, B Grace  (SAf) 68 70, O Fisher  (Eng) 66 72, M Warren (Sco) 66 72, B Hebert  (Fra) 71 67, A Noren  (Swe) 71 67, R Fisher (Eng) 69 69, G Stal  (Fra) 69 69, J Scrivener (Aus) 68 70
139 D Drysdale (Sco) 70 69, D Burmester (SAf) 69 70, D Brooks (Eng) 73 66, T Olesen (Den) 69 70, L Slattery (Eng) 68 71, G Coetzee (SAf) 70 69, A Wall (Eng) 69 70
140 M Korhonen (Fin) 68 72, M Carlsson  (Swe) 74 66, D Lipsky (USA) 68 72, R Fowler  (USA) 72 68, R Wattel  (Fra) 72 68, A Sullivan (Eng) 70 70, D Horsey (Eng) 71 69, A Quiros  (Esp) 70 70, R Karlsson (Swe) 70 70, R Fox (Nzl) 69 71, D Johnson (USA) 72 68, A Cañizares  (Esp) 72 68, M Manassero (Ita) 73 67
141 T Aiken (SAf) 71 70, S Jamieson  (Sco) 71 70, R Gouveia (Por) 72 69, J Donaldson (Wal) 70 71, I Poulter (Eng) 69 72, R Langasque  (Fra) 71 70, N Elvira  (Esp) 70 71, A Björk (Swe) 69 72, D Im (USA) 70 71, A Dodt (Aus) 75 66, R Ramsay  (Sco) 69 72,
142 J Luiten (Ned) 72 70, G Bourdy (Fra) 72 70, J Carlsson (Swe) 72 70, J Van Zyl (SAf) 71 71, L Bjerregaard  (Den) 73 69, S Chawrasia (Ind) 68 74, A Otaegui  (Esp) 72 70, J Campillo (Esp) 72 70, M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 73 69, J Quesne  (Fra) 67 75, E De La Riva  (Esp) 72 70, C Shinkwin (Eng) 68 74.
143 S Gallacher (Sco) 71 72, P Peterson (USA) 71 72, P Edberg (Swe) 71 72, R Paratore (Ita) 72 71, T Fisher Jnr (SAf) 71 72, D Howell (Eng) 73 70, G Havret  (Fra) 68 75, R Rock (Eng) 73 70, W Ormsby (Aus) 73 70
144 S Walker (Eng) 73 71, M Southgate  (Eng) 73 71, B Ritthammer (Ger) 72 72, K Broberg (Swe) 71 73, R Karlberg  (Swe) 71 73, B Rumford (Aus) 71 73, A Levy (Fra) 72 72, C Wood  (Eng) 76 68, J Walters (RSA) 71 73, M Fitzpatrick  (Eng) 69 75
145 N Fasth (Swe) 70 75, J Morrison  (Eng) 74 71, T Immelman  (SAf) 72 73, S Dyson  (Eng) 73 72, T Pieters  (Bel) 73 72, T Lewis (Eng) 70 75, R Jacquelin (Fra) 71 74
146 F Zanotti (Par) 73 73, L Jensen (Den) 72 74, T Jaidee (Tha) 72 74, M Ilonen  (Fin) 71 75, S Hend (Aus) 75 71, M Siem  (Ger) 73 73, N Colsaerts  (Bel) 73 73,
147 F Aguilar (Chi) 70 77, P Lawrie (Sco) 73 74, M Pavon (Fra) 71 76, S Lee (SKor) 75 72, P Waring  (Eng) 74 73, R Bland (Eng) 74 73, A Knappe (Ger) 70 77, R Thomas (am) (Ind) 72 75
148 N Bertasio (Ita) 74 74, J Lagergren (Swe) 72 76, D Stewart (Sco) 71 77, G Storm  (Eng) 71 77,
149 H Porteous (RSA) 78 71, D Fichardt (SAf) 75 74,
150 D Clarke (NIr) 75 75, D Willett  (Eng) 74 76,
151 D Frittelli (SAf) 79 72
152 N Holman  (Aus) 73 79, S Gros (Fra) 75 77
153 E Pepperell (Eng) 76 77




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