Brawl at the top, Young among four leaders


Brawl at the top, Young among four leaders
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In the United Arab Emirates, the first round of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic, the Rolex Series tournament of the DP World Tour, was suspended prematurely due to the onset of darkness with nine players still called upon to complete it.

At the Emirates Golf Club (par 72) in Dubai, a tussle at the top of the rankings where, with a score of 67 (-5) strokes, the American Cameron Young, the Danish Rasmus Hojgaard, the English Andy Sullivan and the the Chinese Haotong Li.

Hero Dubai Desert Classic, results

Among the Azzurri, Francesco and Edoardo Molinari share 42nd position with a total of 72 (par), while Guido Migliozzi is 61st with 73 (+1). Andrea Pavan is also on +1, but after 16 holes played.

Further back Matteo Manassero and Lorenzo Scalise, 112/i with 76 (+4). As for the most anticipated big names in the competition, the Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, fresh from his exploits in the Dubai Invitational, is 12th with 69 (-3).

While the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, world number two, and the American Brian Harman, ninth in the world ranking, are 27th with 71 (-1). Brilliant start for McIlroy, with four birdies in the first nine holes played. However, it was a final to forget for him, with three bogeys in the last four games.

In between, another birdie and a bogey. Similar speech for Harman. He also started from the 10th, after three birdies in the first part of the match, with a bogey, in the second he found two more birdies, with a bogey on the 7th and a double bogey on the 9th.

First of five 2024 Rolex Series, the Hero Dubai Desert Classic offers $9,000,000, of which $1,530,000 will go to the winner. It is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf of the United Arab Emirates, approximately above sea level, and covers an area of 4,114 km, significantly expanded compared to the initial one (3,900 km2) thanks to reclamation interventions.

The emirate of Dubai borders Abu Dhabi to the south, Sharjah to the north-east and the Persian Gulf along the entire western coast. Hatta, a minor exclave of Dubai, is surrounded on three sides by Oman and borders the emirates of Ajman to the west and Ras al-Khaima to the north.

It is located within the Arabian Desert, but the topography differs significantly from that of the southern part of the United Arab Emirates: much of Dubai's landscape is characterized by sand dunes, while the south of the country is characterized by typical rocky deserts.

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