Lee Westwood romped back to form in the Dubai World Tour Championship.
The man from Worksop in the United Kingdom dealt with the unpredictable winds to set a six-under 66 at the top of the leader board after the opening exchanges.
🏌— PA Sport (@pasport) November 17, 2016
WestwoodLee</a> leads the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on 6 under par... <br><br>Meanwhile, <a href="https://twitter.com/McIlroyRory">McIlroyRory is joint 55th/60 on +3 after round 1 pic.twitter.com/JZWlQfKJej
Spaniard Sergio Garcia shared fourth after carding a 68 in the European Tour’s season ending event.
Henrik Stenson, the leader in the Race to Dubai standings shot a par 72.
Should Stenson win, he will be Europe’s top-ranked golfer for the second time in four years.
Rory McIlroy gets his toes wet but Sergio Garcia on the charge at #DPWTC https://t.co/sDgGJiwsbQ #RaceToDubai
PaulRadley</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RolexSeries?src=hash">#RolexSeries</a> <a href="https://t.co/BZSwdu7WZb">pic.twitter.com/BZSwdu7WZb</a></p>— The National Sport (NatSportUAE) November 17, 2016
Rory McIlroy started the week as the big outsider to win the Race to Dubai and his chances are even slimmer after shooting 75, ending a run of 28 straight rounds of par or lower at the World Tour Championship.