Fowler on fire, co-leads Abu Dhabi as play is suspended


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – As trends go, Rickie Fowler’s current trajectory is worth admiring.

After starting the week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship slowly with an opening-round 70, Fowler finished his fog-delayed second round early Saturday in 68 strokes and was 4 under for the day and tied for the lead at 10 under par when darkness halted play.

“I've kind of rounded into form as the week has gone on,” Folwer said. “I’m looking forward to getting back, get some food, rest. It's going to be a long day tomorrow and hopefully a lot of birdies.”

Fowler had plenty of birdies on Saturday, finishing his second round with two birdies through his final five holes and adding four more before third-round play was stopped.

Fowler’s last birdie came in near-darkness at the par-4 11th hole after the suspension horn had already blown.

“I decided to hit the putt on 11 after the horn blew. Just wanted to make it to kind of keep things going,” he said.