McIlroy, Fowler among Abu Dhabi leaders

Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:58am EST
 
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By Matt Smith

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler were among a quintet tied for the lead in a fog-delayed, incomplete third round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on Saturday as overnight frontrunner Andy Sullivan’s late triple-bogey halted the Englishman’s charge.

Poor visibility had again delayed the start of play for nearly three hours, with 60 players waiting to complete their second rounds.

That made for a strange day’s golf as the likes of McIlroy, U.S. Masters champion Jordan Spieth and world number six Fowler played nine holes in the morning before returning to the course late afternoon.

Four-times major winner McIlroy grazed the pin from nearly 270 yards on the final hole of his second round, eventually making an eagle.

That followed a birdie on 17 -- his first of the round -- to catapult the Northern Irishman level with U.S. amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau on eight under and into the tournament-leading trio alongside Sullivan, 28, who was 10 under.

"I couldn’t hole from outside two feet so I thought I’d hit a couple of shots within two feet on the last two holes. It glossed over a pretty average round," said the 26-year-old McIlroy.

Returning to the National course, McIlroy sunk a six-foot birdie on the second hole.

DeChambeau, in contrast, was loose from the tee and fairway and careless in his putting, slipping to seven under on the same green after a wayward four-footer.   Continued...

 
Golf - Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship - Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates - 23/1/16
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy celebrates his eagle at the 18th hole during the second round
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