Rory McIlroy (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy kicked off his year with a sparkling nine-under-par 62 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Dubai Invitational on Thursday.
The world number two is playing his first event since the DP World Tour Championship last November, which was also played in Dubai, where McIlroy has won five European Tour titles.
McIlroy made headlines earlier this week when he claimed a “world tour” was his “dream scenario” for golf as talks aimed at ending the split in the sport caused by breakaway circuit LIV Golf continue.
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