Ernie Els is turning back the clock this week at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Perhaps no one is as surprised as Els himself.


Amateur Bryson DeChambeau will play the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic on a sponsor exemption, it was announced Tuesday.


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Bernd Wiesberger made seven birdies on his last 10 holes Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic.


It was more of the same Thursday for Rory McIlroy, who opened with a 6-under 66 at the Dubai Desert Classic. That left him two shots off the lead.