Shane Lowry enjoyed a perfect start to 2019, capturing his first Rolex Series title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA. The Irishman opened the tournament with a course-record equalling ten under par 62 and then backed it up with steady play over the next two rounds. Taking a three-stroke lead into the final day, he was quickly caught at the top by Richard Sterne, who started his final round with three straight birdies. The two traded blows in a thrilling battle that saw the lead change hands six different times before they arrived at the 72nd hole deadlocked. Lowry seized the moment, playing a remarkable second shot into the long par five, which ultimately set up a two-putt birdie for the win – his first since claiming the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. With the victory, the 31 year old jumped from 75th to 41st in the Official World Golf Ranking.
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