Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry have made solid starts in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club.

The Ryder Cup captain is one-under par after recovering from two bogeys at the start of his round.

Indeed, he finished with birdies at 17 and 18 in a topsy-turvy day.

Lowry's round was less eventful, picking up shots at two par-fives but losing strokes at the fourth and 16th hole as he concluded on level-par. 

Graeme McDowell shot the same score after five birdies and bogeys. 

Belgium's Thomas Pieters leads on five-under - despite a dropping three shots over his first two holes. He picked up eight birdies over 14 holes. 

American David Lipsky was ahead in the clubhouse for most of the day on four-under before Pieters nudged ahead, while a host of players are a shot behind including Dane Søren Kjeldsen and Eddie Pepperell. 

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