Tuesday 21 November 2017

McIlroy turns up the heat in Dubai

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods shake hands on the 9th green
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods shake hands on the 9th green

Karl MacGinty in Dubai

RORY McILROY left Tiger Woods gasping in the Arabian Desert yesterday with a scorching 63 which hinted that it won't be long before the Ulsterman becomes Top Cat once again.

McIlroy finished five strokes better than Woods in their first head-to-head of 2014. It would have been far more but for Tiger's tenacity as he somehow compiled a miraculous bogey-free 68 at the Dubai Desert Classic – despite hitting many of his tee-shots into the wilderness.

Yet McIlroy looked a world-beater once again as he purred into a two-stroke lead.

With seven birdies and a fabulous eagle on the Majlis Course, McIlroy proved last month's win over Masters champ Adam Scott at the Australian Open was no flash in the pan.

"It's definitely the lowest round I've shot in a while," said McIlroy. "The way I controlled my ball and the way I played, yeah, it's definitely up there among the best rounds I've played."

Irish Independent

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