Rory makes great start in Dubai

Rory McIlroy is sitting at second place in Dubai.

Rory McIlroy had a fantastic start to his first round at the DP World Tour Championship and finished on six under to move into second place.

Thursday, 22 November 2012
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It was a reserved start for Rory and he was only one under at the turn, but scored five birdies in seven holes on the back nine to turn things around.

The only downside to his round was the drive off the 18th in which he found the water. But he still managed to rescue a par.

"I think I drove the ball beautifully with the exception of 18," he said.

The Holywood man sits in joint second position alongside Scot, Marc Warren, and Gonzalo Fdez-Castano of Spain.

Only Englishman, Luke Donald, had a better round and sits at the top on seven under.

The world number two won an event in Japan only last week and could be the man to catch for the $6million prize money.

Luke said: "I felt like I couldn't miss. I hit some really good irons shots too and it's fun when it seems that easy."

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and Michael Hoey are also competing and sit at level par and 2 under respectively.

The event usually decides who tops the European Tour money list, or Race to Dubai as it is also known, because of the massive payout for the winner.

But it will not this year.

Due to Rory's impressive form this season, he had already sewn up the title a week before the competition started.

However, second place is still up for grabs and this is what many of the golfers will be aiming for.

Meanwhile Co Offaly golfer Shane Lowry had to withdraw from the tournament after falling ill with a virus.

The Portugal Masters champion, currently 57th in the ranking, missed Tuesday's pro-am and then went to hospital, where he was placed on a drip because of his dehydration.

By pulling out of the event, the field was reduced to only 56.