Posted on European Tour - November 22, 2012
"Scot Marc Warren threw down the gauntlet at the DP World Tour Championship with a six under par opening round of 66 in Dubai.
The 31 year old, in his first appearance at The European Tour's season-ending event since it moved to the Middle East in 2009, held an early one stroke lead over compatriot Stephen Gallacher after a morning of low scoring at Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course.
The tournament is limited to the top 60 money-winners on The Race to Dubai this year, although only 56 teed off. Thomas Bjorn and Retief Goosen were out injured, Ross Fisher withdrew earlier in the week and Ireland's Shane Lowry pulled out after going down with a virus that even put him on a drip in hospital.
Warren birdied three of the first five holes, added another on the 461 yard eighth to turn in 32 and then went to five under on the 12th.
He did bogey the short next, but played a brilliant chip shot up a bank to five feet on the long 14th and saved par at the next despite hooking an iron off the tee behind a tree and having to chip out.
His approach there finished only three feet from the flag and he followed that with another birdie at the 486 yard 16th, his second shot finding the slope left of the hole and rolling down to around eight feet."...