McIlroy, provisional leader in the opening of the European Tour

The Northern Irishman completed an immaculate first round with eight birdies, which is his best lap in Abu Dhabi.


The Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, with a card with 64 strokes (eight under par), is the provisional leader of the UAE Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the first tournament of the Rolex Series of the European Tour 2021, after an incomplete day, which was paralyzed for hours due to the fog, which made it impossible to conclude due to the lack of light, and that he sees the Paraguayan Fabizio Zanotti at two hits and the Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello at three.

McIrloy, former world number one for 95 weeks, fourth at the end of 2020, winner of four majors, out of 14 tournaments on the European Tour, completed an immaculate first round with eight birdies, his best lap in Abu Dhabi . It was worse for his travel companions, his compatriot Lee Westwood, considered one of the best golfers in history who has not yet won a 'big', and the American Justin Thomas, another former world number one and with a 'major' in his to have. The three made up a striking match, starting from hole 10.

Westwood signed a card with 69 shots (-3), with five birdies and two bogeys; While Justin Thomas, third in the world in 2020, had a very low-key day, going to 73 (+1), with three birdies and four bogeys, three of them in his first six holes. One shot from McIlroy is the Englishman Tyrrel Hatton, while two is the Paraguayan Fabrizio Zanotti (six birdies), and three Rafa Cabrera Bello (six birdies, one bogey). 444 444Of the rest of the Spaniards, Nacho Elvira signed 68 (-4), while they did not finish, in a day with about three hours of stoppage due to the fog, Adria Otaegui (even, with 10 hotos played), Álvaro Quirós (even, with 9 ), Pablo Larrazábal (+1, with 9), Adri Arnaus (+2, with 12), Jorge Campillo (+2, with 7) .

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