Bernd Wiesberger used a string of birdies down the stretch on Thursday to shoot a first-round, 8-under 64 and he holds a 1-shot lead in front of some big names at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Wiesberger has won two times in his career on the European Tour, both of which came in 2012 at the Ballantine's Championship and the Lyoness Open. The 29- year-old also played his way into the final pairing at last year's PGA Championship, where he wound up finishing tied for 15th.
Lee Westwood, a 23-time winner on tour, finished the first round with a 7- under 65 on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club and he is tied for second with this year's South African Open Championship winner Andy Sullivan, American Peter Uihlein and Nicolas Colsaerts.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, the 2009 champion, is just two shots back of the leader Wiesberger. McIlroy is tied for sixth at 6-under 66 with two-time defending champion and fellow European Ryder Cup team member Stephen Gallacher, Maximilian Kieffer, Anders Hansen, Seve Benson, Hennie Otto and Marc Warren.
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