Tag Archives: 2016 Abu Dhabi Championship

Jan
25
2016
(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

OK, so this was a really fun weekend in golf, especially for January. I was actually captivated by the action on both tours and excited about them, despite football playoffs happening at the same time. I guess that’s mostly because the Seahawks have been eliminated, but that’s a different subject.

When I went to bed Saturday night, I was already pretty disappointed that I wasn’t going to get to see the final round of the Abu Dhabi Championship. When I woke up in the morning and checked the leaderboard, I was even more bummed that I had missed what sounded like a riveting finish with four of the top players in the world all in the mix (to some extent) Sunday. And I was actually kind of surprised (without seeing anyone hit a shot in that round) that it was Rickie Fowler who rose to the top in what I can only imagine as a mesmerizing display of golf to clinch the title. Fowler held off challenges from Thomas Pieters, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson.

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Jan
22
2016

Tour players accidentally hit fans sometimes with an errant shot. It happens. We just hope that no one gets seriously injured.

Well, on Friday at the suspended second round of the Abu Dhabi Championship, Jordan Spieth pulled his drive left on the 9th hole. He yelled “FORE” and pointed left, and a couple of fans in the vicinity ducked, but one guy couldn’t avoid the ball hitting him square in the rear end. However, the fan’s behind acted like a barrier and prevented Spieth’s drive from going into the water hazard, where it was definitely headed before divine intervention came into play.

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Jan
20
2016
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship - Previews

Many are hailing this week’s Abu Dhabi Championship as the first big battle of 2016, particularly between Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, the world’s nos. 1 and 3, respectively. The two headliners are paired together for the first two rounds, along with world no. 6 Rickie Fowler. 

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Jan
20
2016

Ernie Els

The European Tour announced a new policy at this week’s Abu Dhabi Championship: Players are now permitted to wear shorts during practice and pro-ams, as Chief Executive Keith Pelley believes the initiative will help “modernize the game.”

Among the players making the most out of the new rule were Ian Poulter, Ernie Els, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke. Two headliners of the week world nos. 1 and 3, respectively, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy both voiced their support for pros sporting knee lengths. 

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