Friday, January 18, 2019

Shane Lowry goes three clear in Abu Dhabi Championship
 

Round Three Report
Shane Lowry, pictured left by Getty Images,remains on course to claim his first European Tour title since 2015 after extending his advantage to three shots on day three of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.
The 31 year old secured the most recent of his three victories at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational over three years ago but he is in pole position with one round remaining after posting a third-round 67.
Lowry showcased his short-game prowess on a breezy afternoon at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, mixing seven birdies - including three in a row from the sixth - with two bogeys on Friday to get to 17 under par.
Sterne, who has not been in the winner's circle since clinching his sixth European Tour title at the Joburg Open in 2013, was Lowry's nearest challenger on 14 under following his third-round 69.
Meanwhile, Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter finished his round with an eagle to head into the final day in third place on 12 under - one shot clear of 2014 Champion Pablo Larrazábal – with Belgian Thomas Pieters, Dane Søren Kjeldsen, and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson a further shot off the pace.
Player Quotes
Shane Lowry: “I played well. I felt very comfortable out there today and I am very happy with that. Very excited about tomorrow. Obviously I'm in a great position. It's been a while since I've had the lead going into the final round. I'll enjoy it. Have a nice dinner tonight and get ready tomorrow and give it my best shot and see what happens.
“I think the up-and-down on 17 was huge, because I knew Richard (Sterne) was making a few birdies, and it's only the third round but it's nice to be in the lead. To hit one in after 17, I was happy to make birdie.
“I'm not going to say I feel invincible because we all know that this game is not easy, and it can jump up and bite you when you least expect it. I'm just trying to go out and do what I've been doing. 
"I've been hitting some lovely iron shots. It just so happens that I've hit them on the par threes and holed a few putts. It just shows when I get myself in position, I can give myself chances.
“Obviously we're playing in a world-class field on a very difficult golf course. I think I just need to go out and stay aggressive and just play my own game and try and make as many birdies as I can. That's the way I play golf. If I can do that, hopefully I can be up there at the end of the day and give myself a chance coming down the last few.”
Richard Sterne: “I'm very happy, good back nine and I hit the ball pretty decently. It was obviously a lot tougher today. The course showed its teeth and 69 proved to be a good score.
“I was quite relaxed today. Yesterday I was a little nervous for some reason. It's been a long time since I've been in contention but I've managed to pull it off a few times, so maybe there's some magic left in me.”
Ian Poulter: “It felt pretty good, I have to say. The round was a bit frustrating. It was one of those days where I wanted to keep it out of the traps but all I kept doing was hitting it in them. To finish with a three was good, especially after  bogeying 16. It looked a long way back when Shane was moving way forward, but an eagle and a bogey obviously helps.
“The greens are good and I think if you play well, and you play smart, take advantage of the par fives tomorrow, I think I am definitely in with a chance.
“Abu Dhabi has always been good, a lot of home support fans obviously fly out for the Middle East swing. Playing in front of these guys is always good fun.”
Round Three Scores
par 216 (3x72)
199 S Lowry (Ireland) 62 70 67
202 R Sterne (SAf) 65 68 69
204 I Poulter (Eng) 66 69 69
205 P Larrazábal (Esp) 65 72 68
206 M Kieffer (Ger) 68 71 67, S Kjeldsen (Denmark) 66 69 71, S Jamieson (Sco) 69 66 71, T Pieters (Belgium) 67 70 69
207 B Koepka (USA) 67 70 70, L Westwood (Eng) 66 68 73, P Waring (Eng) 70 67 70
208 B Hebert (Fra) 68 71 69, D Foos (Ger) 68 68 72, J Smith (Eng) 72 66 70, G Forrest (Sco) 71 65 72, L Oosthuizen (SAf) 65 68 75, J Luiten (Netherlands) 69 68 71, D Horsey (Eng) 71 66 71
209 G Green (Malaysia) 69 67 73, R Fox (NZ) 69 70 70, A Arnaus (Spn) 69 68 72, A Björk (Swe) 66 71 72, G Bhullar (India) 70 70 69, M Wallace (Eng) 70 68 71
210 E Pepperell (Eng) 70 68 72, D Fichardt (SAf) 73 68 69, B Grace (SAf) 70 69 71, D Lipsky (USA) 68 73 69, F Zanotti (Paraguay) 67 73 70, T Lewis (Eng) 68 67 75, T Bjørn (Denmark) 70 71 69, J Singh Brar (Eng) 69 68 73, M Schwab (Austria) 70 68 72
211 J Walters (SAf) 70 69 72, B Wiesberger (Austria) 70 68 73, R Cabrera Bello (Spn) 68 71 72, A Sullivan (Eng) 69 72 70, S Brazel (Australia) 70 69 72, J Scrivener (Australia) 72 65 74
212 A Quiros (Spn) 72 69 71, E Van Rooyen (SAf) 70 69 73, J Campillo (Spn) 71 69 72, R Jacquelin (Fra) 71 70 71, C Shinkwin (Eng) 71 68 73, B Dredge (Wales) 70 68 74, D Johnson (USA) 69 71 72, M Southgate (Eng) 70 71 71, L Herbert (Australia) 71 65 76, M Kaymer (Ger) 66 72 74
213 D Burmester (SAf) 71 69 73, N Colsaerts (Belgium) 69 72 72, R MacIntyre (Sco) 70 71 72, T Fleetwood (Eng) 69 72 72, L Bjerregaard (Den) 71 70 72, A Romero (Arg) 70 70 73, J Morrison (Eng) 69 69 75, R Paratore (Ita) 71 70 72
214 M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 65 76 73, R Ramsay (Sco) 70 70 74, J Hansen (Den) 69 71 74, S Hend (Aus) 71 68 75, A Levy (Fra) 69 71 74, A Rai (Eng) 68 70 76, R Fisher (Eng) 69 72 73, S Horsfield (Eng) 69 71 74, E Molinari (Ita) 71 68 75
215 T Detry (Belgium) 72 67 76
216 K Kitayama (USA) 72 69 75, V Perez (Fra) 75 66 75
218 N Bertasio (Ita) 69 70 79
220 Z Lombard (SAf) 70 70 80


Ends 
                                                             
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