Rory McIlroy is two shots ahead of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai after opening with 7 under par 65 at the Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course on Thursday.
The Northern Irishman shot out of Gates with a birdie on the first hole and an eagle in the second-5 seconds. McIlroy took turns in 5 under 31 and posted two more birdies on the back nine. He took a two-shot lead over Christian Bezodenhaut, Joachim B. Hansen and Tapio Pelken.
Another shot away from the pace is a group of 10 players at 4 under-par, including two-time champion Colin Morekawa.
After battling for most of the summer and falling to 15th in the official World Golf Rankings, McIlroy is back at No. 8 after winning his recent debut in The CJ Cup. He also finished fourth in the Olympics and BMW Championships, and McIlroy said he was already looking forward to next year’s four majors and with his return to the game.
“I think sometimes when you don’t play your best, I sometimes don’t get to raise my standards so much,” he said.
“There are a lot of them, but it’s not good enough for me to fight a major this year. I’ve done better than that before and I know I can do it again, especially its As well as how I’m playing and feeling. Basically, I’ve taken back my golf game.
“So I’m excited about these four events next year, and excited about the road ahead because I really feel like I’m on the right track.”
McIlroy has a pair of wins and seven top 5s in the last 10 shows at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
“I think there’s a lot of experience around this place, lots of memories and lots of great shots and lots of potts,” he said.
When asked what is the secret of their Thursday era? “It’s comfortable for me.”