Wales lead chasing pack at qualifier

Stephen Dodd and Jamie Donaldson trail Canada by only one after the opening round of the World Cup qualifier in Estonia.

The Welsh pair of Stephen Dodd and Jamie Donaldson trailed leaders Canada by only one shot after a six-under-par 66 in Thursday’s opening round of fourballs at the World Cup qualifier in Estonia.
But, with only three teams going through to the event proper in China in November, the Scottish team of David Drysdale and Alastair Forsyth are struggling down in joint seventh place, four strokes back.
Scotland won the title two years ago thanks to Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren, but with no players in the world’s top 150 this year, they were not among the 18 exempt nations.
Dodd won the event with Bradley Dredge in Portugal in 2005.
In joint third place are Austria, Finland, Portugal and hosts Estonia.
(Par: 72)
65 Graham Delaet & Stuart Anderson (Can)
66 Stephen Dodd & Jamie Donaldson (Wal)
67 Jose-Filipe Lima & Antonio Sobrinho (Por), Toni Karjalainen & Juha-Pekka Peltomaki (Fin), Martin Toom & Mark Suursalu (Est), Michael A Moser & Christoph Bausek (Aut)
69 Alastair Forsyth & David Drysdale (Sco), Amine Joudar & Tarik Benslimane (Mar), Sigurpall Sveinsson & Bjorgvin Sigurbergsson (Isl)
70 Mus Deboub & Farid Guedra (Alg), Janez Grilc & Miha Studen (Slo)
71 Maximillian Saluda & Marcin Stelmasiak (Pol)
72 Jean-Luc Burnier & Gerold Berchtold (Swi), Itamar Cohen & Oren Geri (Isr), Nemanja Savic & Danilo Kraljevic (Ser)
73 George Diakou & Eugenios Papadopoulos (Gre)
74 Darko Ljubanovic & Miro Raic (Cro), M. Adri Basson & Joe Nawanga (Nam)