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Tuesday, 20 November 2012
World Number One Rory McIlroy welcomes the UAE’s Ahmed Al Musharrekh to the world of professional golf at Jumeirah Golf Estates  (EuropeanTour)
World Number One Rory McIlroy welcomes the UAE’s Ahmed Al Musharrekh to the world of professional golf at Jumeirah Golf Estates (EuropeanTour)

While one is on the verge of completing the most remarkable and career-defining term of his golfing life so far, the other is just embarking on his own journey of discovery into the wide world of professional golf.

Ahmed Al Musharrekh, the 22 year old UAE national who has become the country’s first ever golf professional, was delighted to have the chance to get up close and personal with the best player in the world on Tuesday.

World Number One Rory McIlroy took a few minutes out from competing in the Rolex Pro-Am to welcome Al Musharrekh to professional golf in a generous move that delighted the young Emirati.

“It was fantastic to meet Rory for the first time,” said Al Musharrekh, who enjoyed making his first professional appearance in the Rolex Pro-Am. “To be able to stand on the driving range with players like Rory, Luke (Donald) and Lee Westwood is a great experience which can only help develop my game.”

Wednesday is the final practice day for the players before the DP World Tour Championship gets underway at 7.52am tomorrow (Thursday). Free season tickets for the tournament are available online by registering at www.dpwtc.com

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2ROSE, JustinENG18-21
T3SCHWARTZEL, CharlRSA18-18
T3DONALD, LukeENG18-18
5OOSTHUIZEN, LouisRSA18-17
6GRACE, BrandenRSA18-16
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