Derksen in early Madrid lead

Robert-Jan Derksen holds the early morning lead in round one of the Bankia Madrid Masters.

Colourful Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands holds the early morning lead at the Bankia Madrid Masters being played at the El Encín Golf Hotel,in Alcalá de Henares, Spain.

He was 2-under after six holes as the earliest starters in the 180-odd field began moving through the halfway stage of the front nine in Thursday’s first round.

So too were Scotland’s Lloyd Saltman, Spain’s Manuel Quiros, South Africa’s Asian Tour regular Keith Horne and Argentines Tano Goya and Cesar Monasterio, most of whom had also played five of six holes.

World No 1 Luke Donald who is aiming to set an historic mark this season by becoming the first winner ever of the money lists on both the European and the US PGA Tours, had only just teed off, but after two holes he was already in contention, just a shot off the pace in the 16-strong logjam of players on 1-under.

Not enjoying as fast a start were Italian Ryder Cup golfer Edoardo Molinari and his 18-year-old compatriot Matteo Manessero who was still only seventeen, when he won the first of his two European Tour events.

Both were at level par after five holes.