Promising start for Paul Dunne at the Dubai Desert Classic

Paul Dunne has made a good start to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after a six under-par 66 left him tied for tenth after day one.

The Greystones-native started the first round off strong by recording birdies on three of the first four holes before a string of level-pars from the fifth to the 14th.

A birdie on the 15th, followed by a long eagle on the 18th, helped Dunne finish one shot off fellow Irishman Rory McIlroy – who finished on seven under-par.

McIlroy continued his bright start to 2018 by recording three birdies on the front nine before a further four on the back left him tied for fifth.

Jamie Donaldson finished the day top of the leaderboard following a 10 under-par 62, one shot ahead of David Horsey and Anthony Wall.

The Welshman flew out of the blocks with birdies on five of the first seven holes. Donaldson followed that up with a further four birdies and an eagle on the back nine before completing his round with a bogey to finish the day top of the leaderboard.

Paul Dunne will tee off for round two at 3:40 am Irish time while McIlroy tees off at 8:20 am.

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