Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) and Patrick Reed (USA) marched in heavy rain.
In the first round of the DP World Tour Hero Dubai Desert Classic (total prize money: $9 million), which opened at Emirates Golf Club (par 72) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the 26th (Korean time), McIlroy won 2 under par by playing 15 holes. Recorded. With this tournament, McIlroy, who is ranked No. 1 in the men’s golf world rankings starting 2023, tied 4 birdies and 2 bogeys in 15 holes to make 2 under par. It is three strokes behind Thomas Peters (Belgium), who scored 5 under par in 15 holes side by side.
Controversy arose ahead of the tournament when McIlroy deliberately refused to greet Reed, who was playing at the LIV Golf Invitational, at the driving range. Because of this, considerable attention was focused on the performance of the two. 메이저사이트
However, before the opening of the first round, about 40mm of rain fell in Dubai, which was more than usual, flooding parts of the competition course as well as several roads, delaying the start of the game. After a delay of about six hours, the first round started, but 66 out of 132 players could not even start the first hole due to sunset. Only 12 players finished the first round of 18 holes. The remainder of the first round will resume at 1:00 p.m. on the 27th.
Reed played 16 holes in the first round, picked 5 birdies, and blocked 1 bogey, leading to the rest of the game with a score ahead of McIlroy. Wang Jeong-hoon, the only Korean player to participate in the tournament, played 9 holes and made 2 birdies without a bogey.
Meanwhile, the local weather was forecast to be cloudy and rainy until the 27th.