Fisher one clear in Qatar

European Tour

England’s Oliver Fisher carded a 65 to take the lead in the opening round of the Qatar Masters.

Fisher is one shot clear of the field after carding eight birdies and only one bogey to return to the clubhouse on seven-under-par.

“I played nice today – it was a little bit breezy and I felt like I controlled my golf ball,” Fisher told europeantour.com.

“I played good and gave myself a lot of chances so it was a good round.”

Placed second is Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello who carded a bogey-free 66 while no less than 11 players are two shots off the pace at five-under-par.

They included England’s Mark Foster, Scotland’s Paul Lawrie and South African Ernie Els, all of whom also shot flawless rounds.

Meanwhile Justin Rose was in a tie for 14th on four under following a round which featured five birdies and a bogey.

“I couldn’t really buy a putt coming in, but all in all happy with the round,” Rose said.

“It’s nice to be somewhere in contention and it’s a score on which to build for the rest of the week, it’s the perfect type of start really.”

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