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Luke Donald shares Madrid Masters lead with Welsh pair

Madrid Masters: first round leaderboard:
-7 Luke Donald (Eng) Jamie Donaldson (Wal), Rhys Davies (Wal) -6 P McGinley (Ire), M Lafeber (Hol) Selected others:-5 B Dredge (Wal) P Price (Wal) level S Garcia (Spa) +8 M Campbell (NZ)

Luke Donald
Luke Donald put his Wentworth wobble behind him in Madrid

England's Luke Donald is sharing the lead with Welsh duo Jamie Donaldson and Rhys Davies after the first round of the Madrid Masters.

Five days after a double-bogey on the penultimate hole cost him the PGA Championship, Donald hit two eagles in his seven-under-par round of 65.

Donaldson and Davies both struck seven birdies and did not drop a single shot.

Ireland's Paul McGinley and Dutchman Maarten Lafeber are one shot back, while eight players are on five under.

Donald, who ended up in a tie for second at Wentworth on Sunday, opened his round with a bogey on the first hole.

But he recovered quickly with three birdies in four holes, before eagles on the par-five 9th and 16th and a birdie on 17 took him into the share of the lead.

"I can't remember the last time I had two [eagles] in a round," said Donald. "I don't think I've had one on the PGA Tour all year.

"I'm never going to overpower a course and some people think I am a short hitter, but I hit it far enough to compete."

Donaldson had an early stroke of luck when he bounced out of water and on to the fringe of the green with his second shot of the day, and recovered to card the first of his seven birdies.

"I got lucky," admitted Donaldson, who is predicting some low scoring over the rest of the week.


"If the weather stays good, somebody is going to shoot something stupid - hopefully it will be me," he said.

Davies, who qualified for the US Open last week, was four under after eight holes and picked up further shots on the 13th, 15th and par-five 16th.

It was a good day to be Welsh, with Phillip Price and Bradley Dredge both shooting 67 to join the group on five under.

New Zealand's Michael Campbell had a difficult time on his return to the game, shooting an eight-over-par 80.

The 2005 US Open champion double-bogeyed the 451-yard first and then lost two balls in running up a quintuple-bogey nine on the long third.

Sergio Garcia also had a disappointing day in his home country, with a level-par 72.

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