Donald leads McIlroy by one

Published: Nov 23, 2012, 10:55 IST | AFP |

All it took was 18 holes for the cream to rise to the top as World No 2 Luke Donald took a one-shot lead over World No 1 Rory McIlroy after the opening round of the USD 8 million DP World Tour Championship on Thursday

At the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates, England’s Donald shot a bogey-free round of seven-under par 65, while McIlroy could have joined him on the top but had to be satisfied with a par on the par-5 final hole after hitting his tee shot into the water.

Luke Donald in Dubai yesterday

That left McIlroy, who has already won the European Tour’s Race to Dubai crown by taking an unassailable lead on top of the Money List, at six-under par 66 and tied for second with Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Scotland's Marc Warren. 

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