Rose puts pressure on Fleetwood with fast start
Rose puts pressure on Fleetwood with fast start
The world No.6 from England, winner of the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open in successive weeks, hit a 66 in the $8 million(6.8 million euros) DP World Tour Championship. Rose was tied for second, one shot behind Patrick Reed. The American fired a bogey-free 65, thus setting himself up for what could be his first win of the season. Australia’s Scott Hend also shot a 66.
Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood, the man Rose is trying to catch, had a poor opening day. After starting with a double bogey, the 27-year-old Englishman had an inconsistent round and signed for a one-over par 73 card, tied for the 46th in the 60-man field.
Fleetwood leads the race by 256,737 points. If he does not win, Rose can claim his second European rankings title by finishing in an untied second place. A top-five finish could be enough for Rose, depending on where his younger compatriot ends on Sunday.
The only other player with a distant chance of winning the Race to Dubai, Masters champion Sergio Garcia, opened with a 70 and was tied for 21st on a low-scoring day at the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Rose took advantage of the two par-5s on the front nine, but a bogey on the ninth meant he made the turn at one-under par. However, after back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th, the 37-year-old holed out from the front bunker on the par-5 14th for an eagle and closed with a radar-guided approach shot on the 18th that set up a tap-in birdie.
“A lot of good things happened,” said Rose, who hit 17 greens in regulation. “I drove the ball well today. The front nine, my iron play was actually terrible. Even though I didn’t miss a green, iron play wasn’t really on song at all. Little things started to really go my way on the back nine.”
“I was happy to be patient no matter what happened today. But also, conscious that I’ve won from eight back on the weekends the last two times, but that’s not really a recipe that you want to continue to follow.”
Fleetwood rued a poor start and blamed it on nerves.
“The start was shocking. I gifted the first with the double, should have made five, at worst, on the second. I was giving shots away early on,” he said.
“It was such an up-and-down day. There was a bit of nerves there. There’s always going to be. I’ve never been in this position before, so a bit of nerves.”
World number 23 Reed, who has been a European Tour member for two years now, is aiming to win his first title of the year and was delighted with his start.
“I felt like ball-striking was where it needed to be. I pretty much had control over the golf ball today,” said Reed.
‘Welcome back’: Alex Ferguson at United game for first time since brain operation
- Ferguson, who managed United for 27 years, was left fighting for his life after being rushed to hospital in May
- Ferguson, speaking to MUTV, admitted it was a big moment to be back at the stadium where one of the stands is named after him
MANCHESTER: Alex Ferguson made an emotional return to Manchester United on Saturday for the first time since the club’s legendary former manager had emergency brain surgery.
Ferguson, who managed United for 27 years, was left fighting for his life after being rushed to hospital in May.
But the 76-year-old Scot has made a good recovery and a picture of Ferguson arriving at Old Trafford ahead of United’s Premier League clash with Wolves was posted on United’s official Twitter account on Saturday.
The picture’s caption read: “Welcome back to Old Trafford, Sir Alex.”
Ferguson, speaking to MUTV, admitted it was a big moment to be back at the stadium where one of the stands is named after him in recognition of his incredible achievements with United.
“I’m really good. Obviously it’s been a long journey and I’m gradually making steps forward, doing what my son tells me and what the doctors tell me, so, yeah, I’m really good,” he said.
“I’m a bit nervous, to be honest with you, maybe a bit tense really because I think my last game was Arsenal back in April. It was a long time but it’s great to be back and I just hope we get a win today.
“It’s great to go back to the stadium and it’s going to be quite emotional for me when the game starts, things like that. It had to happen some time and I’ve been looking forward to it. The important thing was getting the right time and the right rest before coming to a game.
“It’s bound to be emotional. Particularly when I take my seat in the box. That will be something, you know. I’ll be glad when it gets over and the game starts and I can enjoy it.”
Asked about the messages of support he had received, Ferguson added: “It was unbelievable.
“There were thousands of cards, and they kept arriving at Salford Royal Hospital. I’d left by that time but they kept coming and kept coming. The number of emails, texts and personal cards to the house, it was just amazing. It really was.
“I’m overcome by it and overwhelmed by it. I think, if you remember, I did the message to thank the people who had taken the time to send me messages. It was really important to do that.
“Some of the doctors are here (as special guests) who did the operation and I thought it was the right thing to do. It’s great to be back.”
United also posted a message on their Twitter feed encouraging fans attending Saturday’s game to be in their seats 15 minutes before the 3pm kick-off “as we prepare to honor Sir Alex’s return.”
Ferguson, who retired in 2013, won 38 trophies during a 26-year spell in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues.
Prior to that he won 11 trophies with Aberdeen.