El Nino's all grown up now.
Oh, he's still demonstrative. That'll never change, but having recently celebrated his 30th birthday he must have felt like a wise elder-statesman next to Rory McIlroy yesterday in Abu Dhabi. They played the first round together and as Karl MacGinty tells it in his piece for the Belfast Telegraph, the round was enjoyed by all.
“It was awesome,” enthused Garcia, now 30, of an idyllic afternoon with McIlroy in the Arabian Desert. “It's good to have a chance to play with Rory. He's an unreal player, one whose name is going to be remembered in golf throughout the ages.”
Both players finished the first round with spectacular 66s one shot back from the leaders.
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