Sterne takes one-shot lead in Dubai round one

Tanya Simon
January 30, 2021

'You can't have a tournament where you hit it absolutely perfectly every time but I hung in there'. "I've come close here before so it would be nice to have a chance going into the weekend". Conditions obviously were good, but they were tricky."The greens are a little patchy when it comes down to firmness". Some spots are really firm and some spots you can definitely spin it. The last time I played here was seven years ago and it was hard then.

"I'm just trying to watch my back, so I haven't put much preparation into this week", he said. "Off the tee, this course is very demanding and the rough is up in a lot of places".

"But you've just got to try and take advantage of a couple of the par 5s out there and see what happens".

American Kurt Kitayama was on seven under, with Paul Casey and Robert MacIntyre among the group on five under.

"This is a hard golf course", said Casey.

"I had a wrist operation in March last year, so I was out basically for the whole of last year".

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Fleetwood eagled the 18th to go eight under after two rounds of 68, and the veteran forces of Westwood and Casey are a stroke further back.

Hatton said: 'Looking back I'm pretty happy with that round of golf to be honest.

The day also saw Spaniard Nacho Elvira record a hole-in-one on the par-three 11th as he finished one-under.

The round of the day belonged to Tyrrell Hatton, the victor in Abu Dhabi last week who responded to an opening 76 with a magnificent 64. Now the top ranked British player for the first time, he makes his debut in the 2021 Saudi International powered by Softbank Investment Advisers next week.

Garcia made his first cut on the European Tour at the age of 15, two years before playing partner and US PGA champion Collin Morikawa was born, but the 41-year-old added: "The desire's still there".

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