Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson move in opposite directions in 2018 season debuts

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his 2018 debut

England's Tommy Fleetwood played flawless golf in gusting winds to successfully defended his title at the $3 million Abu Dhabi Championship yesterday.

Fisher, 37, made an eagle from 45 feet on the second hole and added two more birdies in his front nine, but a bogey on the par-5 10th stalled his progress.

Fleetwood produced a sensational back nine, making six birdies to come home in 30 shots. He caught up with Fisher on 20-under with a 25-feet birdie putt on the 15th hole, and then powered ahead with a putt twice as long on the next hole.

In total, he has won four times across the city's two tournaments, which accounts for almost a third of all his European Tour wins to date.

Rory McIlroy, playing his first tournament in over three months, shot a 70 to tie for third place at 18-under par alongside Matthew Fitzpatrick (69).

The European number one had started the day two behind overnight leaders Fisher and Thomas Pieters.

"I wanted to prepare for this year like I didn't win the Race to Dubai", said Fleetwood. "We traded birdies, good shots, and just thoroughly enjoyed the guys' company and look forward to doing it again tomorrow".

"It was pretty good on that back nine", said Fleetwood with smiling understatement.


"This week, defending champion, to put that round of golf together out there today, I mean, 65 in those conditions is seriously impressive. That score on this golf course is very, very good". I did everything really well.

Fisher, who came close to winning two big tournaments late past year (Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and Italian Open) before finishing second, complimented Fleetwood on his strong finish.

"It was important to come out and make sure I'm hungry".

Rory McIlroy may have been something of a forgotten man during his injury-riddled 2017 season, but the fit and self-assured golfer who kicked off his 2018 season with a robust T3 finish in the Middle East has a message for his peers: I'm back, baby. "Hats off to Tommy".

"To hole all those putts and keep me in the top five is great".

"But to see how I've played over the past three days and how comfortable I've been out there hitting certain shots and scoring and getting up-and-down, and just really getting my golf head back on".

"I'm really happy with how I played", he said after a closing 70.

Related News:

  • Samsung Patent Tips Smartphone Display With Sensor Holes

    Samsung Patent Tips Smartphone Display With Sensor Holes

    Speaking of which, one of the key Samsung Galaxy S9 specs will be the Snapdragon 845 processor that will feature in the handset. A tightly-arranged setup will create more space inside the phone, in which a special power efficiency technique can be applied.
    Turkish forces push into Syria as Kurds fight back

    Turkish forces push into Syria as Kurds fight back

    It added that the strikes on the Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia hit some 108 targets. Authorities in Turkey say the attack is to oust the Kurdish fighters from Syria.
    Doctors say deadly flu season hasn't peaked yet

    Doctors say deadly flu season hasn't peaked yet

    Ken Hempstead with Kaiser Permanente. "We're not talking about a gastrointestinal bug that causes diarrhea and vomiting". Oh, and wash your hands often. "It's the old standbys", Drahota said. "There's a lot of elderly people that go to Mass".
  • What Do Trump's Cognitive Test Results Show?

    What Do Trump's Cognitive Test Results Show?

    Barack Obama then promoted Jackson to the role of presidential physician, a role which has continued under President Trump . His blood pressure was 122/74, within normal bounds, and his cholesterol was on the high side, Jackson said.
    Buttler stars as England claim ODI series

    Buttler stars as England claim ODI series

    Despite of this, England went on to put up over 300 on the board and then ended up winning the match by 16 runs. Buttler scored 100 runs off 83 balls and posted an unbeaten partnership of 113 runs with Chris Woakes .
    Kyle Edmund battles past Andreas Seppi into last eight

    Kyle Edmund battles past Andreas Seppi into last eight

    Instead it galvanised the Briton, who broke straight back with a forehand victor and began to assume control. When Seppi broke in the third game of the second set, it seemed like Edmund might just drift away.
  • Here's the cognitive test President Trump passed

    Here's the cognitive test President Trump passed

    Jackson said he and the president agreed that a reasonable weight loss goal for Trump would be 10 to 15 pounds over the next year. Trump scored a flawless 30/30 on the test, which Jackson said is longer and more rigorous than other cognitive exams.
    Macron boosts Merkel ahead of key coalition vote

    Macron boosts Merkel ahead of key coalition vote

    New to forex and want to find out more about trading GBPUSD? Voters still respect her, polls show. In 1998 she was quoted as saying: "I don't want to be a half-dead wreck when I leave politics".
    AAP MLAs disqualified from Delhi assembly, President gives approval

    AAP MLAs disqualified from Delhi assembly, President gives approval

    While the disqualification of its MLAs does put the AAP government in a tough spot, it is not under immediate threat. President's consent means that the strength of the AAP in the 70 member Delhi assembly would be down to 46.
  • Infamous serial stowaway sneaked past security - again - and flew to London

    Infamous serial stowaway sneaked past security - again - and flew to London

    Miller told Hartman's attorney, "There is no pun intended for your client, but she is a flight risk given the number of offenses". Prosecutors at the time recommended that she be sent to a mental health program, but she walked out a week later.
    Offer rejected as Dortmund confirm first Arsenal bid for Aubameyang

    Offer rejected as Dortmund confirm first Arsenal bid for Aubameyang

    The Gabon worldwide has spent five years at Borussia Dortmund and has turned into one of the best strikers in world football. It is understood that Arsenal are set to give Aubameyang a way out of Signal Iduna Park by offering £53million for him.
    Trump to mark first anniversary of inauguration with glitzy gala

    Trump to mark first anniversary of inauguration with glitzy gala

    He had to bail on his own party at his Palm Beach resort, where Republicans gathered to commemorate the inaugural anniversary. Donors paid $100,000 a couple for tickets -- or $250,000 a couple to participate in a roundtable with Trump.


Most liked

Vikings at Eagles - Playbook for the NFC Championship Game
Foles has not been a world-beater and his first half against the Falcons included some plays that could be defined as lucky. Patent and Trademark Office published records Friday that showed the filings, according to ESPN .

Amazon ready to open checkout-less store to public
Find staples like bread and milk, as well as artisan cheeses, locally made chocolates, and Amazon Meal Kits. Amazon said Sunday that more may open in the future, but that "for now we're laser focused on this store".

Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closed
Cuomo called the statue "a symbol of America" whose closure reflects a government trying "to kick our immigrants". Sunday was their first and last opportunity to visit the Statue of Liberty before the end of their visit.

England beats Australia to clinch ODI collection
Morgan was born in - and even started his worldwide career for - Ireland, having made his debut in 2006. Buttler, for his part, remained adamant he had caught the ball cleanly when queried about it afterwards.

Search Crews Find Body of Mother Missing in Montecito Floods
The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Coroner's Office identified the victim as 28-year-old Faviola Benitez Calderon of Montecito. On Saturday, authorities said Saturday they found the body of a woman who went missing in the mudslides.

Bellator 192 results, highlights: Chael Sonnen, Rory MacDonald get big wins
Sonnen moved on to the semifinals, where he will face the victor of the clash between Fedor Emelianenko and Frank Mir . The former UFC star has now earned his first Bellator title and will look to continue rolling through the promotion.

Jessica Chastain breaks character in nihilistic SNL game show sketch
She was then joined on stage by Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong as the latter says, "Hey, we'll march with you Jessica". The sketch then ends with the contestants giving Chastain a hug - "because she really needs it".

Dimitrov ousts Kyrgios to advance into Australian Open quarterfinals
Dimitrov's 14 ranking positions higher than Kyrgios and four more years of experience shone through in the big moments. I know how tough she is. "Even serving for the match I felt it wasn't over". "I thought I played well".

Iran deal to 'fall apart' if Trump pulls out: Lavorv
But it alienated China and Russian Federation , which fought on the communist side in the war and were not invited. Calling it the "last chance", Trump said that without an agreement, the USA would withdraw "immediately".

South Korea asks North to clarify canceled go to
The unified team will compete as Korea and be represented by the Korean unification flag. When asked if she remembers any impressive North Korean player, she simply said, "No".

North Korea 'Sending 22 Athletes' to 2018 Winter Olympics
The North Korean officials passed the customs, immigration, and quarantine (CIQ) at 0902 KST and entered the South at 0917 KST. The North Korean delegation had been scheduled to visit yesterday but cancelled just before the visit with no explanation.

Footage shows deadly hotel blaze in Prague
The exact cause of the fire, at the Eurostars David hotel near the Czech capital's National Theatre, was yet to be established. Czech officials say a hotel fire in downtown Prague has killed at least two people and injured dozens.

Kings' Dustin Brown fined for hit on Justin Schultz but not suspended
John Gibson will get the start in net for the Ducks after leading Anaheim to a 4-2 win over the Kings on Saturday. Malkin was fined $5,000 for spearing after delivering a low blow to Brown with his stick in the first period.

Mourinho satisfied as Man Utd win at Burnley; hails matchwinner Martial
He also had a penalty shout when his header was blocked by Chris Smalling - but Mike Dean waved play on. Man Utd couldn't take all three points from Burnley in their last meeting as the game was ended at 2-2.

Royal National Park to remain closed after blaze ravages bushland
Total fire bans have been declared for the Southern Ranges, Central Ranges, Greater Hunter and North Western regions on Sunday. More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze on Saturday evening, supported by water bombers and aircraft.