What We Learnt in Abu Dhabi - 'Spieth Gets Paid'
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Rickie Fowler wins in hi-tops, the cream rises to the top and Thomas Pieters is an absolute bomber. But what did we learn? 


Fowler most certainly isn't overrated

Whoever voted for him as being 'overrated' on the PGA Tour last year is obviously just jealous, the kid is super-talented and has balls too. His chip-in on 17 when under pressure from Pieters was world class!

We are not letting him off those hi-tops though. His heart is probably in the right place in trying to make golf 'cool' but even Derek Zoolander made the odd fashion mistake? Remember Derelicte?


Jordan Spieth gets paid whatever

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The boy-wonder will admit he wasn't on it this week, especially compared to his -30 demolition job in Hawaii last week.

But given the fact he still battled to T-5th and was allegedly paid a $4million appearance fee from some Sheikh (according to our reliable source) just to pull into the car park I'm sure he'll get over it pretty swiftly!


The cream rises to the top

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The four main draws of the week all finished top five proving their class and making sure the Sheikhs and HSBC got good value for their pocket change.

Stenson blew hot and cold whilst Rory didn't hole a thing until the 72nd hole snake for eagle, but both finished T3. And we've already spoken about the American invites! 


Thomas Pieters is 'da bomb'

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Firstly that headline was an Alan from The Hangover reference before you think we've lost it!

Anyway, we love a bit of Pieters. He's a fan of #GCW and is like Colsaerts Mark II. He was hitting it a mile past Fowler even when he caught them off the bottom groove and was agonisngly close with his putt on the last which would have got him in a playoff.

Keep an eye on this kid!


You've got no fans!

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The European Tour is a bit embarrassing. Even with the aweome products in the golfers that they had in Abu Dhabi the European Tour struggles to draw any kind of crowds.

Week in week out you are lucky to hear a murmur from the thin galleries and even on the Thursday and Friday where they loaded Spieth, McIlroy and Fowler together it was hardly jam packed.

Something needs to be done!


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