A brilliant nine under par 63 left Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello two shots clear at the Dubai Desert Classic but World Number Two Rory McIlroy had seven birdies in his last ten holes to grab a strong finish in the opening round leaving him only three behind.
It could have been even better for both of them, however.
The European Tour’s first 59 was in sight when Rafael Cabrera-Bello stood on his 12th tee nine under par.
It left him needing four more birdies to achieve the magic number, but the 27 year old Spaniard parred the last seven holes for a 63 and a two stroke lead over German Marcel Siem and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson.
US Open Champion McIlroy was failing to impress and was one over for the tournament and way back in the in the pack until his girlfriend turned up on the 9th which he birdied and it seemed to spark him into life and by the time he almost holed-in-one on the 15th – Scot Stephen Gallacher did make an ace there – he was up to five under and right up there.
Lets hope McIlroy’s girlfriend turns up again tomorrow for all our sakes!!