Lowry fights to hold Abu Dhabi halfway lead by 1 stroke

Published 10:20 a.m. ET Jan. 17, 2019 | Updated 12:23 p.m. ET Jan. 17, 2019

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Shane Lowry of Ireland recovered from two early bogeys Thursday by hitting enough good shots for a 2-under 70, giving him a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Louis Oosthuizen and Richard Sterne of South Africa each shot 68 and were one shot behind.

Lowry, who began the first European Tour event of the year with a 62, made bogey on the par-5 second hole and was happy to escape with a bogey on the next one. That settled him down, and while he played the par 5s in 1 over for the round, he had three birdies on the par 3s for the second straight day.

“I hit some really rocky shots, didn’t feel too confident, but I made a great up-and-down on the third hole for bogey, and I think that kind of kick-started me,” Lowry said. “I pretty much was hitting the ball decent after that for the rest of the day. Gave myself a lot of chances. I didn’t convert as many as I would have liked, but I’m pretty happy to shoot 70, and to be in the lead going into the weekend is always nice.”

Lowry was at 12-under 132.

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