Dust-Up in the Desert: It’s On!
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Rory's won in Dubai before

The first round of this year’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic is drawing to a close and it’s a European who sits atop the leaderboard (well, that was the statistically probable outcome). Rory McIlroy took advantage of the hype surrounding the Westwood, Kaymer, Woods pairing to card a seven-under 65 and take a two-shot lead over an uncharacteristically upbeat Sergio Garcia.

Hype-laden it might well have been, but the showcase pairing didn’t disappoint, either. As the trio took to the eighteenth tee, Woods, at one-over par, found himself four adrift of Kaymer and five of Westwood. One stunning three-wood approach later, however, and a day of uninspiring mediocrity from the former World Number One found itself cast in an altogether more heroic light. Woods’ closing eagle, as set against a careless bogey from Westwood and a par from Kaymer, ensures that he enters tomorrow’s second round only two shots behind Europe’s finest.

Head on over to europeantour.com for some video highlights and evidence of just how flattering Tiger’s score of 71 really was.