Donald shoots 65 to lead after 1st round in Dubai

Donald shoots 65 to lead after 1st round in Dubai
November 22, 2012, 8:48 am
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Luke Donald of England eyes his tee shot on the 2nd hole during the round one of DP World Golf Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Luke Donald shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to lead Rory McIlroy and two others by one stroke after the opening round of the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

Donald saved par on Nos. 1 and 4 with precise putting, and some accurate up-and-down play helped him make four birdies in a stretch of six holes.

McIlroy, who has already clinched the European and PGA tour money titles, surged into contention with a string of three birdies on the back nine. The PGA Championship winner could have matched Donald, but his tee shot on the 18th went into a creek.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain and Marc Warren of Scotland are also at 6 under.

Lee Westwood and 2010 PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer are among six players at 5 under.