Padraig Harrington has made a solid start to the Dubai Championship after carding a four under-par round of 68 this morning.

The Dubliner started his round on the back nine and carded five birdies and a bogey, before nine consecutive pars to close his round.

Denmark's JB Hansen set the pace on nine under par, two shots ahead of defending champion Antoine Rozner, South Africa's Dean Burmester and the English pair of Andy Sullivan and Paul Waring.

The Dane didn’t drop a shot as he posted nine birdies through 18 holes on the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

Tommy Fleetwood lies three shots off the lead after an opening day of extremely low scoring.

Fleetwood carded eight birdies and two bogeys in a six-under-par 66 as 85 of the 114-man field broke par.

Fleetwood, who is bidding to become the fourth member of Europe's Ryder Cup team after Matt Fitzpatrick, Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland to win a tournament since the record defeat at Whistling Straits, was part of a five-way tie for sixth place.

"I drove it well," Fleetwood said. "I did a lot of very good things. There were a couple of sloppy things out there that you would rather not do, but overall off the tee I felt pretty confident.

"It's scorable and you can see by the scores, but you've still got to go out there and do it. You've got to hit the shots and hole some putts so I'm happy with the start.

"I started off like a rocket, four under through six, and bar the odd sloppy, disappointing mistake I just threw a good round together like a few people did."

Jonathan Caldwell shot a one under-par 71.