With this being the first Rolex Series event of the season, the odds are high that the victor of this event will take the top spot on the Race to Dubai leaderboard come Sunday evening.
Being implemented for the first time in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the new regulations include a key revision to the proposals announced by the circuit's chief executive, Keith Pelley, in August.
But the American's pace will be under closer scrutiny in Abu Dhabi this week, as the European Tour has introduced tougher penalties for players who are considered to play too slowly, with an immediate penalty of a single shot imposed for registering two "bad times, quot; during the tournament". I think I need to just bring it back to basics and back to what I do best, and that's just being the best version of myself every day, and that's all I can do. Ahead of the event, the No. 1 player in the world spoke with the media and told a pretty great story from his childhood.
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Asked if he had more motivation and expected similar results in his latest comeback, Koepka said: "I don't know if it gives me more motivation".
"I'm just excited to hit balls", Koepka said.
"I had not won for a few years and I think to win the way I won last year, as well". I've set everything out to do that", said Lowry."The Olympics is going to be exciting. "It was good fun, actually, I really enjoyed it". "And there's numerous times out there that our group is waiting for people to go, and so I certainly don't want to be waiting on players". Having the, hey, can I get 40 more seconds because this is a unusual shot, the wind came out or something happened, I think that's great.
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"But I don't think anybody's ever operating at 100 percent". His last start of 2019 was his most successful when he won the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club after a remarkable final round recovery after a awful start.
"All I am doing is my best to be better, and that is what I look forward to this year, once again, as I said, a new me, a new person, and a way that will represent all tours, everything Golf in general in a positive way to help grow the game". He later went on to win his first Major, the Open Championship.
"I've heard a lot of great things about the event", added the 27-year-old, who was on the losing U.S. team against Great Britain and Ireland in the 2011 Walker Cup.
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