Eddie Pepperell, Gregory Havret and Aaron Rai share a one stroke lead after the opening round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on Thursday.
The trio all careded seven under 65s in unusually low winds around Doha Golf Club, enough for a one shot lead over Edoardo Molinari, Marcel Schneider, Alvaro Quiros and Oliver Fisher who are locked on six under at the top of a congested leaderboard.
Englishman Pepperell would have just one blemish on his card, a bogey on the 13th, while fellow countryman Rai dropped in five birdies before an eagle on the last capped off a superlative round.
Havret enjoyed a purple patch mid-round, where he birdied six out of eight holes to surge up the leaderboard.
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Further down the scores after day one are a host of players on five under, including Fin Mikko Ilonen and Adrian Otaegui, which makes it 14 players within two shots of the lead.
An emotional Charles Howell III overcame a disastrous start to win his first PGA Tour tournament in nearly 12 years at the RSM Classic.
Danny Willett produced a high-quality finish to earn his first title for two-and-a-half years with a two-shot triumph at the DP World Tour Championship.
Charles Howell III remains on course for a first PGA Tour victory in over a decade, but his job just got a whole lot harder.
Lexi Thompson remains on course for a maiden CME Group Tour Championship crown after holding on to her three-shot lead on Saturday.
The 2018 European Tour season is set for a grandstand finish on Sunday, with a whole host of players sin with a chance of victory in Dubai.
Charles Howell III is on course for a first PGA tour victory in over 10 years after taking a three-shot lead at the RSM Classic on Friday.
Lexi Thompson is eyeing a first victory in over a year after taking a three-shot lead on the second day of the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.
Matt Wallace fired a superb seven-under-par 65 to take a narrow one-shot lead heading into the weekend at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.