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ABU DHABI HSBC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP


January 29, 2012


Graeme McDowell


ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Q.テつ A hole‑in‑one, hitting the grandstand at the last and making birdies; give us your point of view.
GRAEME McDOWELL:テつ That pretty much sums it up really.テつ Bit of a slow day.テつ Holed my tee shot on 12 with a 7‑iron there and that kick‑started a nice day really.
Chip‑in from the fringe on 13.テつ A few missed opportunities, and then the worst lay up in the history of lay‑ups on the last there followed by a thinned gap wedge which ricocheted off the grandstand to six feet and just a regulation birdie.
So it was an eventful nine holes and nice to give myself half a sniff.テつ But there's a lot of good players up there with chances.テつ Obviously I'm two behind, but it's a tough finish; who knows.

Q.テつ How do you feel about your chances?
GRAEME McDOWELL:テつ I'll not be running away too far but I know Rory's got 15 feet on 17 for birdie and Rocky has got a two‑shot lead.テつ But it's a tough finish.テつ I won't be running too far away but I certainly don't expect to win.

Q.テつ Pleased with this tournament today, the last nine holes?
GRAEME McDOWELL:テつ Yeah, of course.テつ Any time you come back in 31 shots on a Sunday, semi in the mix is always a good day's work.
It was certainly an eventful last seven holes with a hole‑in‑one and a nice ricocheted off the grandstand at the last.
I've certainly been playing golf a long time and a couple of things that have never happened to me this week; I've never broken my driver in the course of play like I did on Thursday and I've never saw a ball coming off the grandstand to six feet like that.
But a lot of fun and I always enjoy this tournament.テつ HSBC do a great job and it's nice to start the season strong.

Q.テつ Talk about the ace on 12.
GRAEME McDOWELL:テつ It was a front right pin there.テつ I think it was the third ace there this week so obviously they are going to have to do something about that hole, it's obviously a little too straightforward.
A front right pin and I cut a little 7‑iron there and it pitched right in the front fringe and just trickled up there and disappeared.テつ I think it's my ninth hole‑in‑one in my golfing life and they are all pretty sweet.

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