Result: Alejandro Canizares leads in Dubai

World number 184 Alejandro Canizares leads the DP World Tour Championship by one shot after shooting a score of 66 during the first round.

Spain's Alejandro Canizares has recorded an opening-round 66 to lead the DP World Tour Championship by one shot in Dubai.

The world number 184 hit seven birdies in a excellent display in the United Arab Emirates to open up a slender advantage over Marcus Fraser and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson got his tournament off to a promising start by recording a round of 68 as he looks to follow up his triumph in the Fedex Cup with another big-money success on the European Tour.

The Swede is joined in fourth place by Jamie Donaldson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello, with Ian Poulter a shot further adrift on three-under-par.

Justin Rose ended the first round on two-under, while Rory McIlroy endured a mixed day on Thursday to finish with a score of 71.

Henrik Stenson in action during day one of the Tour Championship on September 19, 2013
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