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Rory McIlroy enjoyed a spectacular finish to his opening round as further weather delays at the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday forced organisers to schedule a Monday finish.

Sweden’s world amateur number one Ludvig Aberg and Ian Poulter shared the 18-hole lead after seven-under-par 65s.

Most of the field did not even have time to start their second rounds before darkness fell, although Poulter was joined at the top of the leaderboard on eight-under by Richard Bland after a few holes of round two.

World number one McIlroy fired a six-under first round of 66, returning after a solid start on Thursday to finish in stunning fashion.

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He made a birdie, eagle and another birdie in his closing three holes. That included a holed-out second shot on the par-four eighth, his…

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