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ABU DHABI HSBC CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY EGA
Abu Dhabi GC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 16 Jan 2019 - 19 Jan 2019
Thursday, 17 January 2019
Soren Kjeldsen during Day Two of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship  (Getty Images)
Soren Kjeldsen during Day Two of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (Getty Images)

Søren Kjeldsen says playing to his strengths is helping him keep up with the big-hitters on one of the longest courses on the European Tour this week.

The host course at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA is the third longest on the 2019 schedule at 7583 yards - but that has not stopped Kjeldsen, who is known for his short game prowess, from challenging.

Kjeldsen sits three shots behind leader Shane Lowry in a tie for fifth at the halfway stage after producing opening rounds of 66 and 69.

The Dane took advantage of all four par-fives during Wednesday's opening round before making birdies at the long second and tenth on Thursday.

He said: "It's a great golf course. It really is. If you play well, you can shoot good scores because the greens are perfect.

"My thing is always that I haven't played a golf hole that I can't birdie - I still haven't played one of those.

"I can't spend my life looking at other people saying, 'Wow, I'd like to hit it like him'. I've got to maximise what I've got, and so far, so good.

"I think you've got to play to your strengths, like on the ninth hole today, I didn't really see the tee-shot there so I hit 3-wood which meant that I had a 5-iron for my second shot.

"Nick, my caddie, he sort of was like 'Why do you want to hit 3-wood?' But I just couldn't see the driver.

"Sometimes you get shots that you're not comfortable over, and you've got to find a way."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1LOWRY, ShaneIRL18-18
2STERNE, RichardRSA18-17
3LUITEN, JoostNED18-15
4OOSTHUIZEN, LouisRSA18-14
5KJELDSEN, SørenDEN18-13
T6WARING, PaulENG18-12

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