Scottish trio have hot start in Dubai

GLASGOW'S Marc Warren threw down the gauntlet at the £6million DP World Tour Championship in Dubai this morning with a six under par opening round of 66.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

The 31-year-old, in his first appearance at the European Tour's season-ending event since it moved to the Middle East in 2009, held an early one-stroke lead over compatriot Stephen Gallacher after a morning of low scoring at the Earth course with another countryman, Scott Jamieson, just another stroke back on four under.

Warren birdied three of the first five holes, added another on the eighth to turn in 32 and then went to birdie the 12 and 16, while Gallacher birdied five of the first 10 holes.

Warren's day began with a "mad rush" to find his waterproofs after stepping outside his hotel and seeing heavy rain – 20 millimetres of it in two hours – but it soon cleared up and he had perfect conditions for his round.

"There was no wind to speak of and the greens were pure. I felt as if I hit a lot of good golf shots," he said.

"This is something I've watched on television the last few years, but I've made steady progress and have got into contention a few times."

His last victory was in 2007 and he blew a great chance at his home Scottish Open in July, dropping four shots in the last four holes to lose by one just like Adam Scott at The Open the following week.

"Winning is the most fun you can have at a golf tournament and it's something I want to do again soon," he added.

Meantime, Shane Lowry was so badly affected by a virus he could barely stand up, the Irishman said after pulling out this morning.

The winner of last month's Portugal Masters was taken to a Dubai hospital earlier this week after experiencing severe headaches and vomiting.

"I am gutted to have been forced to withdraw," Lowry said.

"I honestly couldn't even stand up on the tee, never mind play 18 holes."

Education

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

107941

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

New Year resolutions

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.

Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

Yorkhill does great work and Black Friday

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.