Despite suffering a little jet lag World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has posted a two-under par 69 on day one in the defence of his Emirates Australian Open title.
McIlroy was out early in breezy conditions to eventually post four birdies, including a near tap-in at his last hole, and be trailing just two shots from the lead on the Australian Club course.
The highlight of McIlroy’s round was a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 10th hole of McIlroy’s round.
Leading Indian stars Jeev Milkha Singh and Shiv Kapur have hailed the Asian Tour’s entry into the Middle East and hope to put their name on the inaugural DUBAi Open trophy at The Els Club Dubai next month.
Two-time Asian Tour number one Singh believes the new Dubai event, which will be the final tournament of the 2014 season from December 18 to 21, is a wonderful addition on the region’spremier Tour Schedule and hopes it would pave the way for more events to emerge in the Middle East.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy admits he’s got a 10-15 year window remaining to dominate the game of golf.
McIlroy was speaking on the eve of his Australian Open defence in Sydney, and a victory last year along the shores of Sydney Harbour that kick-started an incredible 2014 season.
However the 25-year old is very conscious that the changing shape of his body, and the product of three years of weight training, along with a doctors advise in 2010 that he was in danger of developing a back stress ...
It is Jordan Spieth’s first visit to Australian but the current World No. 14 has long enjoyed a ‘Down Under’ advantage that could see him come out on top at this week’s Emirates Australian Open.
The ultra-talented Texan arrived from Japan in good form having lost a play-off last Sunday in also his first event on the Japan Tour.
And while Speith is yet to taste success this year his credentials speak volumes having been voted ‘2013 Rookie of the Year’ on the PGA ...
Four-time Major winning Ernie Els has set himself a goal in becoming an Olympian in 2016 and when golf returns to the Olympic arena for a first time since 1904..
Els will be 46 years old when the world’s best golfer’s tee up on the Gil Hanse designed course in Rio de Janeiro.
And Els, who has also captured another 44 tournaments around the globe, declared it would be the ‘icing on the cake’ in a professional career already spanning 25 years.
“As we get closer to 2016 I would love to be ...
It’s that old golf saying … ‘Horses for courses!’
Just ask Graeme McDowell after yet another frustrating week competing on the Earth Course and host venue for the DP World Tour Championship.
While Ryder Cup winning colleague Henrik Stenson posted a 16-under par tally to retain his title McDowell continued to struggle around the Greg Norman designed layout.
In fact, McDowell failed to break par on any of the four days and overall recorded just 13 birdies for the entire week.
It has never happened since Shane Lowry captured the 2009 Irish Open as a then amateur and that is a new full-page pictorial spread featuring the Carton House pro.
However in Monday’s edition of one of the leading UAE newspapers was a pictorial tribute to Lowry after securing 5th place in the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and with that result moving inside the top-50 on the World Rankings.
And here is what Lowry has waited to see for a few agonizing ...