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Rory McIlroy cards opening round of 66 to set up stylish end to season

Rory McIlroy

So much for a meaningless event. The theory that Rory McIlroy's claiming of the European Tour's money list before he arrived at the Dubai World Championship would render this tournament irrelevant was unpicked by the man himself. The world No1 carded a first round 66 to lie one shot adrift of the leader, Luke Donald.



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Billy Joe Saunders outsmarts Andy Lee to win WBO middleweight title

Respect filled the air in Manchester on Saturday night – too much of it for many of the 7,000-plus customers, probably – but Billy Joe Saunders, the new champion, and Andy Lee, the departing king, brought a good deal of honour to their sport and their community during 12 tense rounds for the WBO middleweight title.