Shane Lowry heads the Irish challenge on 3 under par in the opening round of the Dubai Desert Classic.
He is playing the 17th hole.
Rory McIlroy is 1 under par for his round with 1 hole of it to play.
American Collin Morikawa and Spanish pair Sergio Garcia and Pablo Larrazabal share top spot on 5 under par.
Jonathan Caldwell is 1 under following a 71.
Padraig Harrington has just teed off.
Meanwhile on the PGA Tour, American Billy Horschel is the leader after round one of the Farmers Insurance Open in California.
He is 9 under par at Torrey Pines.
World number one Jon Rahm is on 6 under.