Tanto Patrick Reed as Rory McIlroy they downplayed the ‘tee incident’ once the press picked up on it. It is true that the Northern Irishman saluted without barely looking at the American and then he tossed him a tee.but the fact is that Rory did not want to see the LIV player, because on Christmas Eve a court summons had arrived on his behalf, after the pertinent demand from the American.
In any case, once you have started the Hero Dubai Desert Classicit is clear that this controversy has not influenced sports performance, since both have signed a good result, although many players did not finish their day at the Emirates Golf Course due to lack of light . The weather had forced the start of the game to be delayed, with the consequent delay for everyone. What’s more, the afternoon shift didn’t even go out into the field.
The leadership is held by the Belgian Thomas Pieters, with a -5 after 15 holes played. Leaders in the clubhouse were the English Matthew Jordan, Daniel Gavins y Oliver Wilson, with 68 hits (-4). In this group are found, in the absence of finishing, Reed (16 holes played), Tommy Fleetwood (15) y Victor Perez (fifteen). In -3 appear Ryan Fox (16), Nicolas Colsaerts (12), Matt Wallace (12) y Fabrizio Zanotti (eleven). The number 1 in the world Rory McIlory He is at -2, with 15 holes played. Adri Arnausthe first Spaniard, was also at -2 after 11.
Pablo Larrazbal (12) y Nacho Elvira (9) traveled at -1. Miguel Angel Jimnezat 59, was even after 17.