Shane Lowry Wins Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship With Final-Hole Birdie

Shane Lowry Wins Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Shane Lowry holds the trophy after winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Jan 19, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images

Shane Lowry claimed a wire-to-wire victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a final-round 71.

Shane Lowry Wins Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Shane Lowry holds the trophy after winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Jan 19, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images

The Irishman overcome a rough start (three bogeys on his first four holes) and finished his final 14 holes bogey-free, highlighted by a birdie on the 18th hole to edge Richard Sterne by a shot.

It was Lowry’s first career Rolex Series title, and the first win since taking the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“It puts me to where my goal is for the next 18 months and that’s to be on the plane to Wisconsin [U.S. Open] with Paddy [Padraig Harrington],” Lowry said. “That’s kind of where I want to be, and I think this is a great stepping stone.

“I still have a goal in my head I’m working towards every day and just because I won this doesn’t mean I can take my foot off the gas.

“It’s a great stepping stone, no doubt, because I’m back in the big tournaments now for the foreseeable future and hopefully I can kick on from here and move back up the world rankings where I feel like I really belong.”

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