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Big-hitting McIlroy has advantage in Dubai, Karlsson says

World's top golfers are competing for a prize fund of $7.5m, with $1.25m going to winner

Big-hitting McIlroy has advantage in Dubai, Karlsson says
Rory McIlroy's big, booming drives will give him a sizeable advantage at this week's Dubai World Championship, according to title holder Robert Karlsson (above)\n (Getty Images)
Big-hitting McIlroy has advantage in Dubai, Karlsson says
World number one Luke Donald, aiming to become the first player to win the orders of merit on both sides of the Atlantic, has a lead of more than $1m over second-placed McIlroy going into the money-spinning event in Dubai (Getty Images)
Big-hitting McIlroy has advantage in Dubai, Karlsson says
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland (Getty Images)
Big-hitting McIlroy has advantage in Dubai, Karlsson says
Sergio Garcia of Spain in action. (Getty Images)
Big-hitting McIlroy has advantage in Dubai, Karlsson says
Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy. The world's elite golfers are competing for a prize fund of $7.5m, with $1.25m going to the winner (Getty Images)
Big-hitting McIlroy has advantage in Dubai, Karlsson says
An additional $7.5m bonus pool is also up for grabs for the top 15 in the final order of merit (AFP/Getty Images)
Big-hitting McIlroy has advantage in Dubai, Karlsson says
Thomas Aiken of South Africa. The four par-five holes, the second, seventh, 14th and 18th, on the Greg Norman-designed Earth layout in Dubai will represent a testing challenge to all the players at 572, 583, 620 and 626 yards respectively (Getty Images)
Big-hitting McIlroy has advantage in Dubai, Karlsson says
Retief Goosen of South Africa. The Earth Course is located at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, UAE (Getty Images)
Big-hitting McIlroy has advantage in Dubai, Karlsson says
Lee Westwood of England (Getty Images)
Big-hitting McIlroy has advantage in Dubai, Karlsson says
Thomas Bjorn of Denmark during a practice round prior to the Dubai World Championships (Getty Images)
Big-hitting McIlroy has advantage in Dubai, Karlsson says
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland in action during the Pro Am prior to the start of the Dubai World Championship (Getty Images)