Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Laporta fab finish puts him lead in Abu Dhabi

Laporta fab finish puts him lead in Abu Dhabi

Lee Westwood, chasing his 25th European Tour win, moved into a one-shot lead after the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Saturday.

Fleetwood was full of praise for Westwood.

Fleetwood, who had raced to the turn in 30 on his 29th birthday, matched that effort in the next group to finish on the same aggregate, with Fitzpatrick joining them as he finished with a birdie in signing off with a bogey-free 67. "I think I hit more fairways today and I can then get myself into positions to take on the flags, which I did well", said the world number 23.

Fitzpatrick experienced the first winless full season of his professional career in 2019 as he finished second five times worldwide but birdies on the 13th, 15th, 17th, 18th and eighth in Abu Dhabi put him in contention for an early victory in 2020.

"I'm not going to lie, I didn't play a lot of golf coming into it, didn't know what to expect".

Beginning the day with a one-shot lead, Westwood birdied the par-five 2nd as well as included an additional from lengthy array at the following prior to rising as well as below the sand to conserve the same level at the 4th.

"I'm very, very happy with my weekend, I felt like I was playing very good golf".

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"I was trying to control me, control my emotions and control what I'm working on in the golf swing".

Westwood, a former world No. 1-ranked player, was challenged throughout the final round. I've played 10, and I really enjoyed watching everybody else suffer in the last one.

He qualified for the European Tour in 2016 but lost his card.

"But you know, obviously if there's a chance of that, then I might as well go for it".

Fitzpatrick is already in there and was pleased to start the year with a strong performance, he added: "Front nine I felt like could I hole everything and managed to hole one putt for par, which was nice to keep a bit of momentum going". Westwood's first win came in the 1996 Scandinavian Masters.

World number one Brooks Koepka completed a decent finish after a 14-week layoff because of stem cell treatment in his injured left knee with a round of 69.

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