UAERory McIlroy hit 67 strokes on January 23 to regain first place after 54 holes with -13 points at the European Tour event with a prize fund of eight million dollars in Abu Dhabi.
On the opening day of the tournament, McIlroy led the team to compete for the title with a 60-stroke round on par72. In the second round, the Northern Irish golfer lost this position to Tyrrell Hatton for hitting 72 strokes. Yesterday, McIlroy got back to the top by saving five strokes from a round with one eagle, five birdies and two bogeys.
Particularly eagle happens at hole 10, par5, and somewhat lucky. McIlroy’s 73 yards from target, enters the green with his wedges. The ball rises, but rolls quickly and has the potential to fall off the peg. However, it hits the flag and stays in the hole.
“I played well today and of course I’m lucky in hole 10, when the ball hits the flag and then goes into the hole. Sometimes, we need that to hold the door for the title and then win the final round. Last round, I need it. Play as good as in the second half of the field today. If I can, I really have a lot of chances to win, “McIlroy said of penultimate round form. In the second half of this stage, he has a bogey, two birds and eagles, hole 10.
McIlroy won four major in 18 PGA Tour championships, 14 European Tour trophies and held world No. 1 (OWGR group) for a total of 106 weeks. The competitor born in 1989 has competed for the HSBC Championship 10 times in Abu Dhabi, eight times finished in the top 5, but has not been crowned.
This year, he is taking Tyrrell Hatton a stick. Hatton just once crowned the American arena, owning five trophies to the European First Division system. The UK Golfer currently ranks ninth OWGR.
Right behind Hatton is countryman Tommy Fleetwood at -11, while T4 (-10) includes David Lipski and Marc Warren. Yesterday, Fleetwood scored six birdies, including the nearly 15-meter drop into hole 12.
On the same day, Alexander Levy scored a 15-par4 hole-in-one, 177 yards long. “That distance, using a ninth iron is very good, the wind is left to right. I entered the ball a bit thin and thought I would not go to the green but did not expect it to bounce into the hole,” Levy said evolving ace.
Less than the top of the table in about seven strokes, the way to the podium with 20 players competing with McIlroy. According to professional golf statistician Justin Ray, former world number one winner 12 times in 22 leading occasions after 54 holes. The last time McIlroy kept the top of the table at the end of the penultimate round was the Genesis Invitational 2020 of the PGA Tour. But on the closing day, he hit 73 strokes so he finished T5.
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