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By : BGA Proshop
In what can only be described as a star studded field, Irishman Shane Lowry closed with a 71 to win by a single shot at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Lowry went wire to wire to claim his first win for 2019 and forth European Tour title.
He didn’t have it all his way in the final round and he almost let the tournament slip through his hands. Heading into the final round Lowry had a three shot lead but quickly watched that disappear after 11 holes. He was 2 over and South Africa’s Richard Sterne was on fire with a 5 under round going which meant that Lowry was 4 behind the leader.
Lowry knew he had to kick into gear so he birdied 12 and 13 and Sterne dropped shots on 14 and 16 and the pair was all tied heading to the par 5 18th. In the end it was their second shots that sealed the tournament as Sterne carved his 3 wood approach to the right and couldn’t get up and down where Lowry was able to hit his 3 wood on the green and safely two putted for birdie.
“I slept OK last night, but it was a little bit nervy this morning, and breakfast and lunch didn’t go down as well as it has been the last few days,” Lowry said.
"It was an emotional roller coaster today.
"I obviously went out with the lead by a few and before I knew it I was four behind.
"I was brave out there today. I ground it out well and I'm over the moon.
"I'm just so grateful that I've won this and I'm so happy and I'm going to really enjoy it because you just don't know when it's going to happen again.
"It's nice to have a star beside my name and to win a Rolex Series event. We are very lucky to be able to play Rolex events on The European Tour. They have done a great job putting these events together and I'm just over the moon to have one of them."
Sterne was pleased with his performance despite being unable to end his wait for a seventh title.
He said: "I'm just glad that I gave a good performance this week with a strong field.
"It's been a while since I've had a decent tournament, so I'm pretty happy with the way I performed.
"Thanks to Abu Dhabi and HSBC for putting on a magnificent event, and Rolex, as well. I appreciate it."