Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golf Roundup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golf Roundup

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Donaldson opens with a 62 for lead in Dubai

Jamie Donaldson flirted with the European Tour's first-ever 59 before settling for a 10-under 62 Thursday in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

In perfect scoring conditions at the Emirates Golf Club, the 42-year-old Donaldson took a one-shot lead over Anthony Wall and David Horsey.

Tyrrell Hatton (64) was fourth, while four-time major winner Rory McIlroy was among five players at 65.

Donaldson, a former European Ryder Cup player now ranked 292nd, started on the 10th hole and made four birdies and an eagle to make the turn at 6 under.

He then birdied the second before picking up four shots in a row from the fourth. He went close to chipping in for another birdie on the 17th but missed his up-and-down for par from the rough at the ninth. …

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