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Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship: Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald takes the lead in Rolex Series Opening | Golf News

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Luke Donald scored eight for just under 64 to take a one-shot lead over Guido Migliuzzi and Jason Scrivener, with Irishman Seamus Power’s lead by 2. Watch round two of the Abu Dhabi Championship live on Friday from 3.30am on Sky Sports Golf

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Luke Donald could move inside the automatic Ryder Cup qualification places with a win in Abu Dhabi

Luke Donald could move inside the automatic Ryder Cup qualification places with a win in Abu Dhabi

Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald stepped back from years past to set the pace after the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, where he impressed many of Team Europe’s players.

The 45-year-old mixed nine birdies and a lone bogey on his way to the Under-64 under 8 at Yas Links Abu Dhabi, giving the Englishman a one-plus-one lead over Guido Migliuzzi of Italy and Australian Jason Scrivener in the Rolex Series opener. year event.

Donald, hoping to win back the Ryder Cup for Team Europe at Marco Simone GC in Rome, started ninth and followed the Birdies in tenth and thirteenth places by posting back-to-back gains from sixteenth to reach the round. 32.

The former world No. 1 capitalized five seconds but got three hits from long range at the next quadruple, before swinging from 35 feet in sixth to start a four birdie finish and jump to the top of the leaderboard.

“I really came in this year with higher expectations than I had for a while just because of my game,” Donald said after his tour. “I feel like my game is in a very good place so it’s not entirely surprising that I shot 64 today.”

European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald says he's excited ahead of the 2023 tournament and suggests working on his team's solidarity and unity is a key focus for the former world No. 1.
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European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald says he’s excited ahead of the 2023 tournament and suggests working on his team’s solidarity and unity is a key focus for the former world No. 1.

European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald says he’s excited ahead of the 2023 tournament and suggests working on his team’s solidarity and unity is a key focus for the former world No. 1.

Migliozzi – targeting a Ryder Cup debut on home soil in September – comes second after a 65-yard bogey-free run, which included a 90-yard eagle in the fourth first, with Scrivener holed from 105 yards in the tenth on his way to seventh. .

“I played great,” said Miliuzzi. “I’m glad I’m playing hard from the tee to the green too. I was looking for that last week as well. It was very important to test the new equipment and new vibes on the course, and work what I do and have done in the winter works great.”

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Ireland’s Seamus Power followed his Champions Trophy appearance last week by scoring five birdies in a six-hole stretch of his round en route to a bogey-less 66, with compatriot Shane Lowry within three of the lead after two birdies on the last over. Three holes.

Ryder Cup vice-captain Eduardo Molinari and his brother Francesco – who won all five of his matches in the 2018 European win – are also in the pack with five, while Tommy Fleetwood celebrated his 32nd birthday by posting a bogey-free 68 games to get four points. From the lead alongside 2021 Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington.

“I felt like I rolled the ball really well on the greens,” said Fleetwood. “I didn’t take my chance, but overall I can’t complain at all about finishing fourth. I think the most encouraging thing is the way I played and the fact that I gave myself the chance to get a really good result today. It can’t be won in the first round, But I played well.”

Tommy Fleetwood is four lengths off the lead after the opening round in Abu Dhabi Tommy Fleetwood is four lengths off the lead after the opening round in Abu Dhabi

Tommy Fleetwood is four lengths off the lead after the opening round in Abu Dhabi

Henrik Stenson marked his first appearance on the DP World Tour since joining LIV Golf by awarding a four-card to the under 68, and former Abu Dhabi winner Lee Westwood scored seven birdies and four bogeys in an eventful opening round 69.

Play was suspended due to the light fading at 5.57pm local time (1.57pm GMT), with 21 players unable to complete their opening innings and having to return on Friday morning to finish. The second round will start as scheduled.

Watch the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 7 days a week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage continues on Friday with featured groups from 3.30am on Sky Sports Golf, before full coverage from 7.30am.

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