Sterne takes the lead with a shot within the Dubai Desert Traditional opening spherical

(Reuters) – South Africa Richard Sterne carded a 64 within the first spherical of the Dubai Desert Traditional to complete in eight beneath for a one-lead on the Emirates Golf Membership on Thursday.

Sterne began on 9 backs and had 5 birdies on the flip earlier than including one other 4, offset by a bogey at par-four sixth, to guide American Kurt Kitayama.

Sterne, 39, has not received on the European Tour since 2013 and completed as 25 as final week’s Abu Dhabi Championship.

“It is all the time good to get off to a great begin, it is allow you to for the remainder of the week,” he mentioned. “I have been shut right here earlier than so it might be good to have an opportunity to enter the weekend.

“I’ve not had many possibilities to go on weekends in a very long time, so it might be good to get by way of tomorrow and place myself properly and see how the weekend goes.

“I had a wrist operation in March final 12 months, so I used to be out just about the entire of final 12 months. Performed the newest occasions, which I performed fairly decently contemplating I hadn’t performed that lengthy.”

Stern’s compatriot Justin Harding and Spain’s Sergio Garcia, who received the title in 2017, had been tied for third place a shot additional behind.

“I believe it is a huge 12 months and hopefully I could be in good condition as a result of I need to be part of numerous issues this 12 months,” Garcia mentioned.

The day additionally noticed the Spaniard Nacho Elvira file a hole-in-one on par-three 11 when he completed a surprise.

(Report by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; edited by Ken Ferris)

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