Henrik Stenson, Pablo Larrazabal miss the cut in Abu Dhabi

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Henrik Stenson, Pablo Larrazabal miss the cut in Abu Dhabi

Five birdies were not enough though in the final reckoning as a costly bogey on the par-four sixth hole helped ensure he finished on a level-par 144 to miss the boat by two strokes.

By Alex Leach (senior Reporter)

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Published: Sat 17 Jan 2015, 12:11 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:15 PM

Pablo Larrazabal watches his shot on the 11th hole. — Reuters

Pablo Larrazabal watches his shot on the 11th hole. — Reuters

Abu Dhabi: World number two Henrik Stenson’s second round of a four-under par 68 proved insufficient for the Swede to ultimately make the midway cut here on the National Course. Having carded a four-over par 76 over his opening 18 holes on Thursday, Stenson went off yesterday (Friday) knowing he needed to shoot a pretty low number to prolong his participation at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

Five birdies were not enough though in the final reckoning as a costly bogey on the par-four sixth hole helped ensure he finished on a level-par 144 to miss the boat by two strokes. “A lot needed to work out to try and make it, but I gave it a good effort and I played quite nicely out there,” Stenson commented.

“I hit the ball much better, I made a couple of putts and my short game was a little sharper than on Thursday as well. This was more like golf! My game is heading in the right direction, so I’m not really worried. I’m sure I’ll be back to playing my best at some point and, if that could happen in April, I’d be quite happy.”

Defending champion Pablo Larrazabal and the inaugural victor here, Chris DiMarco, also bowed out of contention prior to the weekend action. Spaniard Larrazabal was left to rue a double bogey and a bogey in a level-par second round that kept him on one-under for the tournament and one shot shy. DiMarco was never in serious contention though and finished on a 10-over 154 with rounds of 78 and 76.

It would have been three former ADHGC winners bidding farewell to the championship this year had 2012 champion Robert Rock not birdied the last hole to squeeze through on the requisite two-under tally (142). Meanwhile, the UAE’s only professional golfer Ahmed Al Musharrekh exited the fray too having registered scores of 78 and 77 on Thursday and Friday respectively for 11-over par overall.

“I missed the cut unfortunately, so I didn’t get the result I wanted,” Al Musharrekh stated. “It’s just about learning how to play when I’m not 100 per cent. That’s what I’m going through right now.”



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