Alex Noren leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after the fist round at the Emirates Golf Club.
Alex shot a first round -6 under par 66 to take an unexpected lead in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic;
“I hit a lot of good shots but a few bad shots and got away with it, and then you end up with 66.”
“I’m very happy, I didn’t really expect it and then it feels even better.”
“I was very happy when it was all over because it didn’t feel that good warming up. I hit my irons really good all day, pretty average driving.”
“It was tough on a few holes, a lot of draws here and I don’t like to draw it. So I’m really happy.”
“I hit a lot of fades off the tee, and here you know it’s a drawer’s course. So you feel a bit down as a fader.”
“But you just have to accept it and maybe play less aggressive on some holes.”
Four players are sharing second place, just one stroke back at -5 under par, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Brett Rumford, Trevor Fisher Jnr and Peter Hanson all carded opening rounds of 67.
There is then a large group of eight players at -4 under par, including Rory McIlroy, a two-time winner here and also the defending champion. Three-time champion Ernie Els and 2011 winner Alvaro Quiros are also in this group with their opening rounds of 68.
Rory was pretty happy with today’s result, it was a bad bogey start on #10;
“I thought I did well, considering the start, and some of the shots I hit today.”
“A 68 was probably a fair reflection of how I played.”
“I don’t think I really could have gone any lower than that.”
“But at the same time I gave myself enough chances to make birdies.”