Henrik Stenson and Rafa Cabrera-Bello on top in 18-hole champions event
Henrik Stenson and Rafa Cabrera-Bello were the joint winners of Tuesday's Champions Challenge in Dubai.
Last Updated: 28/01/14 6:55pm
The pair carded six-under-par 66s to finish two strokes clear of the field in this 18-hole tournament held as a curtain raiser for the main event - the Dubai Desert Classic which tees-off on Thursday.
This special competition was being staged to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the region's longest-standing European Tour event.
With a total purse of $600k on offer, all 21 previous winners of the tournament were teeing-up in the desert, with the late Seve Ballesteros (champion in 1992) represented by his son Javier.
World No 1 Tiger Woods, a two-time champion in Dubai, finished five strokes adrift after double-bogeying the final hole for a 71.
Joint-winner Stenson admitted that playing in the United Arab Emirates was always special for him: "I made Dubai my home for close to ten years.
"It's a great place for me and it's always good fun to be back."
Cabrera-Bello, champion at the Majilis Course in 2012, added: "Myself and the other Spanish players all feel very comfortable here.
"We are all from Spain and obviously the weather is very warm over there. We all enjoy playing in short sleeves.
"Seve and Ollie and Miguel and Alvaro and myself have won the Classic here. This year's Desert Swing has been unbelievable for Spain with Pablo winning in Abu Dhabi and Sergio last week in Qatar.
"Myself and some of the other Spanish guys are playing good too, so hopefully we can make it a Spanish hat trick."
In the Champions Challenge, Rory McIlroy finished joint third alongside Alvaro Quiros, while defending Classic champion Stephen Gallacher bogeyed the par-five 18th to finish fifth after a 69.