Laporta leads by 1 in Abu Dhabi as Koepka struggles
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Francesco Laporta earned a one-shot lead halfway through the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after carding a 9-under 63, while top-ranked Brooks Koepka struggled on Friday.
“Every time I was putting for birdie, I made it,” Laporta said. ”It was a great day.”
Koepka shot a 3-over 75 to drop to 3 under and into a tie for 35th. It’s Koepka’s first tournament since October, when he aggravated a knee injury which caused him to miss the Presidents Cup.
Koepka birdied the first two holes but a bogey on the third set the tone for the rest of his round. Koepka double-bogeyed the fifth and 11th, and finished with his third bogey of the round.