Sergio García, strong in Dubai

Borriol's went to -6 in the first round of the Desert Classic and is two shots behind the leader, South African Sterne. Otaegui and Arnaus, in the top-10.


With a course of 64 strokes, eight under par, South African Richard Sterne led the Dubai Desert Classic, the second stage of the European golf circuit, with one advantage over the American Kurt Kitayama and two over the Spanish Sergio García, who he won the tournament three years ago. Nine birdies and a bogey marked the first round of the 39-year-old Pretoria golfer, who is chasing his tenth professional victory here.

García, number 45 in the world rankings, has good memories of the Dubai Classic because he won it in 2017 and later that same year he won his first "big", the Augusta Masters. "It has been a good day, I have felt very comfortable and I have achieved good shots," said the Spaniard, who achieved six birdies and did not commit a single bogey. For a long time he was the provisional leader of the tournament.

The Spanish representation scratched at great height in this first day, since Adrián Oraegui is fifth, three strokes behind the leader, and Adri Arnaus ninth, four. Further behind are Pablo Larrazábal, six, and Nacho Elvira seven.

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