Shane Lowry fired a stunning 10-under round of 62 to lead the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

  • Shane Lowry has not played competitive golf since the World Cup in November
  • The Irishman has been in the Middle East since January 3 to work on his game
  • He hit 10 birdies to lead at the end of round one with a course-record of 62
  • It was a superb performance considering he missed several fairways off the tee

Practice made perfect for Ireland’s Shane Lowry as he equalled the course record with a stunning 62 in the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Lowry carded 10 birdies and no bogeys to set a daunting clubhouse target of 10 under par, with France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera and the South African pair of Louis Oosthuizen and Richard Sterne his nearest challengers on seven under.

World No 2 Brooks Koepka, who can return to the top of the rankings with a victory this week, is five shots off the pace following a 67, with defending champion Tommy Fleetwood two shots further back in pursuit of a third straight win in the £5.4 million event at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

Shane Lowry fired a stunning 10-under round of 62 to lead the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Shane Lowry fired a stunning 10-under round of 62 to lead the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

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