Shane Lowry sits on top of the leader board during the first round of the Abu Dhabi Championship.
The Offaly man has hit the ground running in the first European Tour tournament of 2019.
Lowry carded 10 birdies for an opening 10-under par round of 62.
That leaves him three shots clear of his closest challenger Louis Oosthuizen.
Both defending champions are through to the third round at the Australian Open.
Rodger Federer continued his quest for a third successive Melbourne Grand Slam with a straight sets win over Britain’s Dan Evans.
Caroline Wozniacki beaten Johanna Larsson of Sweden, 6-1 6-3.
Ninth seed Kiki Bertens lost in three sets to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Men’s Singles Fifth seed Kevin Anderson is also out of the tournament following defeat to Frances Tiafoe of America.
Last year’s beaten finalists N-U-I-G are in round 1 action as the Sigerson Cup gets underway this afternoon – they face St. Mary’s in Dangan.
Elsewhere, U-C-C face Athlone I-T at the Mardyke.
While D-I-T go up against U-L in Grangegorman.
Newcastle United overcame Blackburn Rovers to secure their place in the fourth round of the F-A Cup last night.
The Magpies will face Watford following 4-2 win after extra time at Ewood Park.
The victory came at a cost though as Republic of Ireland international Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles were both injured.
Manager Rafael Benitez hopes they won’t be sidelined for too long.
Sheffield Wednesday will take on the holders Chelsea following a 1-nil win over Luton.
League One Shrewsbury Town pulled off the shock of the night, coming from 2-nil down to win 3-2 at Stoke City.
That sets up a last 32 encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers
Accrington Stanley await the winners of tonight’s game between Southampton and Derby County.
There’s no racing in Ireland today but there are four meetings in the UK.
They go at Newbury, good, good to firm in places, at 1.10
Plumpton, good at 1.30
And on the standard tracks at Lingfield at 1.20 and Kempton at 4.30.