World No. 6 Rory McIlroy took a one-shot lead within the first spherical of the HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi after carding an error-free 64 to complete at eight-under earlier than unhealthy mild stopped play on Thursday.
After fog delayed the opening of play by almost three hours, McIlroy was among the many early starters and started on the again 9.
Irishman McIlroy carded eight birdies to complete one shot forward of England’s Tyrrell Hatton, who recorded eagles on the par-five 10th and 18th.
“A variety of it was excellent. I felt like I drove the ball nicely for essentially the most half. Distance management was actually good,” McIlroy mentioned.
“I believe I began off rather well and hit numerous good iron photographs. However truthfully it was in all probability the very best I’ve putted these greens in Abu Dhabi in all probability in my complete profession.”
McIlroy has completed within the prime 5 eight occasions on the Abu Dhabi Golf Membership however remains to be within the hunt for his first title.
“I’ve shot some actually good scores right here however I held some actually good ones at present,” the 31-year-old added. “And I’ve at all times struggled to learn them right here, however I type of bought my eye in early and stored it going.”
Paraguayan Fabrizio Zanotti was third, two photographs behind McIlroy, with almost half the sphere but to complete the primary spherical which is able to resume early on Friday.