Tommy Fleetwood and Tanihara posted 6-under 66
Tommy Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara finished round one at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA as the co-leaders, posting six-under 66 for the day. Fleetwood is playing to defend his 2017’s title at the event.
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Tommy made hit all 18 greens in regulation to make a perfect start to the defense of his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
“It’s a good golf course to hit 18 greens around,” Fleetwood said. “Just a good ball-striking round and nice to start the year off like that.
“Had control of my ball really from the get-go. Just sort of did what you need to do well around here to get a good score: I drove it well, got away with a couple of tee shots.
“Eighteen greens doesn’t happen very often so nice to do it around here. My pace putting was really good. I didn’t put myself under any stress at all. So all in all, very good morning.”
Playing alongside Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, Fleetwood picked up a shot at the long second after chipping to three feet and converted from close range at the sixth and the eight to complete his day.
“I think during my career, I think I’m going to struggle to find a better three ball, really,” Fleetwood added. “Doesn’t matter how long I play. That might be the best one I get. “All you can do is concentrate on your own game and that’s what you always do, is you set out to play the best you can.