Wednesday 11


Unwell Lorenzo-Vera takes early Dubai lead

21st November 2019, 13:05 by James Mason

Mike Lorenzo-Vera says he is feeling "proper bad" despite opening a one-shot lead on day one of the DP World Tour Championship.

World number 96 Lorenzo-Vera mixed eight birdies with one eagle and just the sole bogey for a sensational nine-under-par 63, the lowest opening round in tournament history to set the clubhouse target in Dubai.

The Frenchman, who also matched his lowest ever round to par on the European Tour, was a doubt to play in the event after revealing he was diagnosed with a lung infection at last week's Nedbank Golf Challenge, where he ended up tied-52nd.

"Honestly, I'm not feeling well at all," Lorenzo-Vera told the European Tour. "I have no energy, I'm down. I had a really, big lung infection in South Africa. Had big treatment and really feel bad, proper bad."

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, who is a two-time winner on the Earth Course, made an eagle at the par-five 18th to sign for an eight-under-par 64, leaving him just one stroke off the lead.

Spaniard Jon Rahm, who is one of five players that can be crowned Race to Dubai champion, sits in third place on -6 after a bogey-free performance, leaving him three strokes off the lead.

Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, another that can top the European Tour's order of merit, shares fourth position with compatriot Tom Lewis on -5 after both players signed for rounds of 67.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

More Golf


Woods out first in Melbourne

11th December 2019, 08:59

United States captain Tiger Woods has announced he will kick off his team's Presidents Cup campaign with Justin Thomas.


Reed backed to shake off cheating scandal

10th December 2019, 18:23

US skipper Tiger Woods says Patrick Reed's performance at the Presidents Cup won't be affected by the ongoing scandal surrounding him.


Reed again forced into defending himself

10th December 2019, 08:57

Patrick Reed has slammed suggestions that he intentionally cheated at the Hero World Challenge last week.


McIlroy turns down Saudi opportunity

10th December 2019, 08:56

Rory McIlroy has confirmed there were a few reasons as to why he will not be playing in the 2020 Saudi International.


International team has a good vibe - Scott

9th December 2019, 11:59

Adam Scott is looking forward to seeing some "fresh blood" in action for the International Team at the 2019 Presidents Cup.


Reed holds no concerns over reputation

9th December 2019, 08:28

Patrick Reed does not feel his reputation has been harmed despite his rules violation at this weekend's Hero World Challenge.

Recent Sport Headlines


Valverde sets sights on Euro glory

11th December 2019, 10:09

Ernesto Valverde has set his sights on Champions League glory after Barcelona defeated Inter Milan in the San Siro on Tuesday night.

Manchester United

United to scout World Cup Under-20 stars Buletsa and Supriaha

11th December 2019, 10:09

Manchester United are sending their Eastern Europe scout to watch talented Ukrainian wonderkids Serhiy Buletsa and Vladyslav Supriaha in action this weekend.


Mixed feelings for Lille boss after Chelsea loss

11th December 2019, 10:09

Lille boss Christophe Galtier was left with mixed emotions following his side’s 2-1 defeat against Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Horse Racing Previews

BTO Value Selection

11th December 2019, 09:39

Tuesday’s selection won at recommended odds of 4/1 and there’s another selection for Wednesday’s all-weather action at Kempton.

Rugby League

Price expecting Currie to stand out in 2020

11th December 2019, 09:34

Warrington boss Steve Price claims Ben Currie can have a successful campaign as he tries to move on from back-to-back knee injuries.


Duo chasing Rangers starlet

11th December 2019, 09:25

Rangers face a battle to keep hold of young starlet Kai Kennedy following reports both Manchester City and Bayern Munich are interested in him.


Woods out first in Melbourne

11th December 2019, 08:59

United States captain Tiger Woods has announced he will kick off his team's Presidents Cup campaign with Justin Thomas.


Klopp hoping for positive Lovren news

11th December 2019, 06:11

Jurgen Klopp is keeping his fingers crossed for good news on Dejan Lovren, who limped out of Liverpool’s victory over RB Salzburg on Tuesday night.