Victory for Thomas Pieters. Dubuisson in the top 4

At the age of 29, Thomas Pieters achieves his biggest victory on the European Tour. With a total score of -10 (278) and only one bogey conceded over the weekend, the Belgian leaves Indian Shubhankar Sharma and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello one point behind. Victor Dubuisson, best tricolor, is in fourth place at -8 with Norwegian Viktor Hovland. Top 15 (12th to -5) for Romain Langasque.


Two great months after his victory in the Algarve (November 7, 2021) at the helm Matthew Pavon, Thomas Peters recidivism and without a doubt signs his greatest feat in the world tour dp. Fleming actually wins here in Abu Dhabi his first Rolex Series, he who until now was “confined” to prevail in more modest appointments. five in all (czech masters twice, Open KLM, made in denmark Y Portuguese masters). This tour de force also allowed him to climb to… 31st place in the world ranking!

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At 29 years old, the former brilliant player of ryder cup (four wins from five matches in 2016 at hazelnut) demonstrated an impressive mastery of the still very difficult Yas Links Marinahost for the first time since the 2006 creation of theHSBC Abu Dhabi Championship.

With an almost robotic consistency in the long game, Pieters also displayed a steely mentality on the tortuous (even tortured) greens of this par 72 laid out by kyle phillips and he came out of the dirt in 2010. Over the weekend, he only conceded one bogey over 36 holes. Even his three putts on the par 5 of 11 (bogey at the start) did not alter his progression at all.

He even settled for a par card (72) this Sunday and a final score of -10 (278) to finally dominate the Indian by a small length. shubhankar sharma and the spanish Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Nobody, in fact, offered to contest an ocean race in this final round, gently swept by a timed wind at times between 20 and 25 km/h. Leader at -11 on Saturday night with a point ahead of the packthe scottish Scott Jamieson he dived quickly, having four bogeys in his first five holes before finishing in 10th place.

Fourth the day before, the Norwegian Victor Hovland He nearly hit a hara-kiri on the 3rd hole with a crippling triple bogey. It is true that his eagle in the 7th allowed him to recover a little confidence, but a new big mistake (in the 15th this time with a double) definitively expelled him from the race for victory.

Same or almost the same for the Irish Shane Lowrysecond at the end of the Day of the Move but who today completely missed his subject, scoring a terrible 77 (+5) with a triple, a double and a bogey before only a birdie.

Gone too far on Saturday morning after nearly missing the cutoff set at +3, Rory McIlory for a long time he led people to believe in an unlikely comeback (-6 after 13 holes with, in particular, an extraordinary eagle on the par 4 of 9) before breaking between 14 and 18 with three bogeys to aim for 12th place in -5.

Only Sharma and Cabrera-Bello managed to keep up, and they remained threats to Thomas Pieters for a long time. The Canarian golfer, recent winner of theSpanish Openhe even had the luxury of sharing the tournament lead at -10 with the Belgian after his fourth birdie at 14. Before giving up at 15 and then 16…

Who could have taken the chestnuts out of the fire of this sterile fight at a distance is none other than Victor Dubuisson. Eleventh, six shots off the lead going into the final round, the Cannes native quickly showed his fangs (1st birdie) before tacking to -2 after nine holes (with another two birdies and a bogey). Unfortunately, the putter remained lukewarm on the return, his ball lapping the edge of the hole repeatedly, never falling off. A last birdie on the par 5 of 18 allows him, however, to start the 2022 season in a big way. A fourth place at -8 that equals the one obtained here (in theAbu Dhabi Golf Club) in 2015, the year of the triumph of gary’s stall.

It wasn’t easy with the windsummarizes the winner of the Ryder Cup 2014 to the microphone of our colleagues from golf+. The flags were very tricky with very few birdie opportunities. I played like I have since the beginning of the week. In other words, very quiet, in the middle of the green. I took both putts when necessary. I wasn’t too aggressive on flag attacks. I think I played very smart. I was lucky enough to make two good putts that, when you’re at the top of the board, make a difference. »

I haven’t played for a long timeunderline again. Two and a half months had passed. Getting started with a Rolex Series is never easy. But in general I am happy because I played blow for blow. Today I catch a bad bogey on the 3, some pretty stupid three putts. Behind, I hit a really bad iron on the next par 4. I make a good tee putt. In short, I did not give up. I didn’t even think about the sheet music. The only time I looked at the rating was at 18. Because it really is in front of the green. He had no idea where he belonged. I just knew what score I had and I saw when I was tied for fourth place. I immediately knew the importance of this putt. I was a little more aggressive, I made a great putt and that changed the whole tournament… »

Solid language, Morikawa off topic

The other satisfaction of the tricolor clan is called Romain Langasque. After two first rounds on the hard (72 and 73), the Azurean upped the game over the weekend, first hitting a 67 (-5) without error before ending his week with a 71 (-1). Twelfth with -5, he scored precious points and got a breath of fresh air after a stressful 2021 season.

Nice finish also for Julian Brown, author of a 70 (-2) after a heavy 77 the day before. The adopted Praguer finishes just outside the top 20 (25th to -3). Very encouraging! Best French Thursday with an opening 66 (-6), Victor Perez Unfortunately, he lost ground over the days with three cards over par (74, 73 and 78) for a very anecdotal position of 58 (+3). he could only console finishing this first Rolex Series of the year before Colin Morikawa, number 2 in the world and only 62 to +5. Smells of revenge next week in Dubai for the second Rolex Series of the year!

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