McGinley shines as Rory enjoys encouraging start

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Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley revealed playing against former tennis star Tim Henman had helped keep his game sharp as he made an impressive start to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

McGinley carded a four-under-par 68 on Thursday to finish one shot off the lead shared by England’s Matthew Baldwin, France’s Romain Wattel and Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

The 47-year-old Dubliner admitted the first half of last year following his appointment as captain was a “write-off” in terms of his own golf, but he finished the season strongly and began 2014 in the same fashion.

 

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