Ewan Murray in Dubai

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Jan 27

Rory McIlroy battles back to stand one off the Dubai Desert Classic lead

• Northern Irishman lets slip three-shot advantage• China’s Li Haotong in front despite complaints about slow playOn the day when debate raged over the supposed simplicity of this Dubai Desert Classic setup, Rory McIlroy spent nine holes delivering an …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/27/dubai-desert-classic-rory-mcilroy-li-haotong-slow-play

Jan 26

Fog delay halts Rory McIlroy’s charge for third Dubai Desert Classic win

• McIlroy, at -10, must play seven holes of second round on Saturday• Miguel Ángel Jiménez hits a 68, while Jamie Donaldson leads on -13For a Friday spell, it looked as if only the weather might halt Rory McIlroy’s charge towards another Dubai Desert C…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/26/rory-mcilroy-fog-delay-dubai-desert-classic-miguel-angel-jimenez

Jan 25

Jamie Donaldson leads Dubai Desert Classic after first-round 62

• Welshman bounces back to form after tough run• Rory McIlroy in contention with first-round 65Not much has gone right for Jamie Donaldson since the 2014 moment which will most likely define his career. It was the Welshman who delivered the winning poi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/25/rory-mcilroy-pre-shot-routine-dubai-desert-classic

Jan 24

Tommy Fleetwood turning heads as England’s low-key sporting superstar | Ewan Murray

Not enough people are aware of the world No12’s brilliance, but he enters the Desert Classic feeling at ease among the very bestDuring an endearing tournament pause in Abu Dhabi last week, Dustin Johnson chuckled at Tommy Fleetwood’s expense. That Flee…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jan/24/tommy-fleetwood-england-desert-classic

Nov 18

Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood set for thrilling Race to Dubai climax

• Fleetwood two shots behind DP World Tour Championship leader Rose• Order of merit winner will be settled between the two on SundayThe European Tour has been afforded the season ending climax marketeers dream of. Whoever prevails between Tommy Fleetwo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/18/justin-rose-tommy-fleetwood-race-to-dubai

Nov 16

Justin Rose eyes Race to Dubai title one shot off lead in DP World Championship

• Golfer makes excellent start in bid for three tournament wins in succession• Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood double bogeys opening holeIt took just one hole for Tommy Fleetwood to be dissuaded of any notion that his claiming of the Race to Dubai…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/16/justin-rose-eyes-road-to-dubai-title-one-shot-off-lead-dp-world-championship-golf

Nov 15

Tommy Fleetwood backs himself to close out the Race to Dubai as No1

• Tommy Fleetwood holds lead of €260,000 on Justin Rose• Sergio García also part of equation though needs unlikely turn of eventsIn this, a season in which Rory McIlroy took leave from social media after being subject to one insult too many, Tommy Flee…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/15/tommy-fleetwood-race-to-dubai-justin-rose-garcia

Nov 15

Golf sponsors happy to pay but appearance fees can distort sport | Ewan Murray

Players should not be expected to promote a tournament for nothing but at some level being paid regardless of performance surely contradicts the ethos of sportIf the basis for judging Keith Pelley is the bottom line, the European Tour’s chief executive…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/15/golf-sponsors-appearance-fees

Nov 14

Sergio García says TaylorMade split ‘not only my decision’ as Callaway deal likely

• Masters champion says two parties couldn’t come to contract agreement • Spaniard says he has only a ‘2% chance of winning’ this week’s Race to DubaiSergio García has admitted a parting with TaylorMade equipment was not solely of his own volition, wit…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/14/sergio-garcia-taylormade-callaway-race-to-dubai