On January 21, Rory McIlroy hit 64 sticks without bogey and kept the top of the table with -8 in the first round of Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship under the European Tour.
McIlroy scored eight birdies equally divided for each half of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, par72. British birdie all four par5 holes. This is also McIlroy’s best 18 holes in the 11th time in the tournament.
“It’s nice to have a good start at the beginning of the year. I see a sharper form. All round, I dribble well, have good distance control at the start of the hole. So does the iron. But I think, the high put-through is. The key factor for this smooth round, “McIlroy self-evaluated the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
And that is a positive signal initially after technical refinement process. Due to the epidemic, McIlroy was unable to meet longtime swing teacher Michael Bannon. Therefore, he temporarily “tutored” coach Butch Harmon on the occasion of the CJ Cup competition in Las Vegas in October last year. Over the past few months, Harmon has repeatedly advised McIlroy via text and video messages.
Golfer North Irland born in 1989 returned to Bannon five weeks ago. Bannon is also in Abu Dhabi to see McIlroy contend for the title. This year, McIlroy prioritized improvements to two parameters including “distance to the hole after the rough exit”, and “put the ball within 2.4 meters”.
Professional competition since 2007, McIlroy won four major in 18 PGA Tour championships, 14 European Tour trophies and held world No. 1 for a total of 106 weeks.
For the past three years, McIlroy has prioritized the American arena. In June 2020, he remarried after a three-month break from Covid-19, through nine events to reach the top 10. After the Masters in mid-November, McIlroy only took a breather for four days and then practiced hard, including Big year-end holidays to sharpen their performance.
Since 2008, McIlroy has competed in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 10 times, of which eight times to finish the top 5 but have not yet won the championship. This year, he is taking Tyrrell Hatton’s lead. Hatton scored two eagles in the first half, adding three birds in the latter part and no bogeys on a 65 stroke stroke.
England player is closing the top 10 in the world to score his first eagle on the opening hole – hole 10 – after hitting the green 1.5 meters from the hole with a wooden number 3. 18 holes but this time, the ball is only 0.6 meters away.
“You rarely use the number 3 wooden stick and the ball rises 1.5 meters from the hole,” Hatton said of the 10th eagle.
The first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship was behind schedule because the fog lasted three hours in the morning. Therefore, the list of matches remains 44 people who have not yet played. They will play the first round today, January 22 and in the second round on the same day. The event in the UAE has an eight million dollar prize fund, part of the Rolex Series quartet in the European Tour this season.
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