Unwell Lorenzo-Vera takes early Dubai lead
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.
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