Jamie Donaldson, Wales. leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after the 1st round at Emirates Golf Club.
Jamie shot a first round -10 under par 62 to lead the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, to lead by one shot in Dubai, he admitted thinking about at 59;
“I’m not going to lie to you, I was thinking about it, I birdied five and then started thinking, ‘if i just birdie them all coming in, then I’ve done it”.
“Sometimes you’re best not thinking and just keep playing but I was picturing birdieing them all and then jumping in the lake on the last.”
“I’m stood here at ten under which I’m very happy with.”
“I had tennis elbow for a year and a half, that wasn’t very nice, but you’ve just got to try and play through these things.”
“I took three months off at the end of 2016 trying to get myself right and it didn’t work. Now it’s gone, I feel fully fit.”
“I’ve been working on my game, trying to find the form that I’ve found in the past.”
“Everything worked perfectly today.”
Sitting in second place at -9 under after rounds of 63, are Anthony Wall and David Horsey, both from England.
Tyrrell Hatton, England, is in fourth spot at -8 under 64 , followed by two-time winner Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, Alexander Björk, Sweden, Lasse Jensen, Denmark. Chris Paisley, England and Thomas Pieters, Belgium, all at -7 under par.
Rory is happy with his progress since his long lay-off;
“I didn’t expect to play as well as I did last week and it’s been nice to continue that into this week.”
“I’m ahead of schedule right now but I don’t mind that. That’s nice.”
“Just have to reassess everything and go from there.”
“I’m really happy with where my body is, where my game is and this is just a progression of what I’ve seen over the past couple of months, which has been nice.”