A return of seven birdies on the final nine holes helped Tommy Fleetwood defend his title in Abu Dhabi.
Not since September 2016 has Rory McIlroy won a competitive tournament, but he is closing in on ending his drought in Abu Dhabi.
Thomas Pieters was pegged back on the final hole of the day as Ross Fisher drew level at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship has a new leader thanks to a late birdie from Thomas Pieters.
Rory McIlroy had a long layoff between tournaments, but he got off to a good start on Thursday in Abu Dhabi.
Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson proved unable to keep pace with Tommy Fleetwood as he seeks to retain the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
After falling and injuring himself ahead of the Masters last year, Dustin Johnson claims he has now regained peak condition.
After an injury-plagued 2017, former world number one Rory McIlroy is ready to get back to winning ways this year.
After struggling with a rib injury, four-time major winner Rory McIlroy will begin his 2018 season at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.