Dubai: Jeev Milkha Singh was lying almost in the middle of the pack with a modest one-under 71 at the end of the opening round of the USD 8,000,000 DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates on Thursday. The 41-year-old Indian, who has still not fully recovered from his injury, was lying at tied 38th, six behind the leader Luke Donald of England, who arrived into Dubai, fresh from a win in Japan.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy was just one shot behind with two others, Marc Warren and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Joint fifth with 67s were 2009 winner Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Richie Ramsay, Louis Oosthuizen and Fredrik Andersson Hed. Jeev, who had birdies on the third and fifth, gave away the good start with bogeys on 11th and 12th, before he ended the day with a birdie to come under par.
This is the first event to feature all 12 of Europe's Ryder Cup heroes since their triumph in Chicago in September. McIlroy, who has an unassailable lead at the top was only one under at the turn. But he then had five birdies in seven holes. He drove into the water on the par five 18th and had to settle for par there.
Donald's purple patch came from the fifth to the 14th hole. All his seven birdies came in that stretch. Donald moved back up to second in the rankings ahead of Tiger Woods by taking the Dunlop Phoenix title
11:20 PM, Nov 22, 2012
Dubai: Marc Warren shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke clubhouse lead in the opening round of the season-ending Dubai World Championship. Warren, looking for his first European Tour win since 2007, had three birdies over his first five holes and made seven total at the USD 8 million tournament. Fredrik Andersson Hed and Padraig Harrington each shot a 67, while Henrik Stenson was in a group...
06:31 PM, Nov 22, 2012