Only McIlroy can match Lowry's desert cool

Only McIlroy can match Lowry's desert cool

Shane Lowry may not be able to lift 275lb weights as world number one Rory McIlroy did in a gym session in Dubai earlier this week but the affable Offaly man shrugged a huge burden off his broad shoulders when he opened with a superb six under 66 in the $8 million DP World Tour Championship.

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McIlroy and McDowell forever seeking small gains

McIlroy and McDowell forever seeking small gains

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell are poles apart when it comes to the way the play the game but the Irish pair will be looking for the same result in the final examination of the European Tour season - a victory to underline their already solid belief that they are improving all the time.

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