Donald holds his lead in Madrid

Luke Donald leads the Madrid Masters, Rhys Davies having failed to secure the 25th birthday present he most wanted.

England’s Luke Donald leads at the halfway stage of the Madrid Masters after Welshman Rhys Davies was unable to secure the 25th birthday present that was there for the taking.
Former Walker Cup player Davies, who has already won in his first full season on the European Tour, was tied for the lead with two holes of his second round to play.
But a bogey on the short 17th robbed him of the top spot and he then missed a nine-foot birdie chance at the last on a day which saw Sergio Garcia miss his first halfway cut on European soil for nearly six years.
“I was a little disappointed the way I finished, I thought I could have got the lead on my own, but all in all I’m not going to complain,” said Davies.
“I’m still in with a shout.”
A week after losing the BMW PGA Championship by a shot – and that after a double bogey on the penultimate hole – Donald leads on 12 under par after adding a sparkling 67 to his opening 65.
The only one of the three first round leaders to have a morning start, Donald went six clear of the field when he turned in 31 and then added further birdies on the second and sixth.
But he three-putted the seventh and then bogeyed the next as well after plugging in a bunker.
“It’s hard to play perfect golf for four days, but the two bogeys were not really bad shots and I feel like I have a lot better control with my irons this week,” said the 32-year-old, who despite being 13th in the world has not had a win in Europe for six years and anywhere else for four.
“I keep knocking at the door and hopefully it will open soon. I feel like I should have won a few in the last few years, but I’m in a great position here.”