Donald rebounds to take joint lead in Madrid


MADRID – Luke Donald bounced back from the disappointment of nearly winning the BMW PGA Championship by taking a share of the lead in the opening round of the Madrid Masters on Thursday.

The English golfer holed two eagles on his way to a 7-under 65 alongside Welsh players Rhys Davies and Jamie Donaldson at the Club de Campo Golf Course.

“I can’t remember the last time I had two in a round—I don’t think I’ve had one on the PGA Tour all year,” said Donald, who finished at Wentworth one shot behind.

The Madrid leaders have a one-shot lead over Paul McGinley of Ireland and Maarten Lafeber of the Netherlands, who both carded 66s, while eight players were tied at 5 under.

Sergio Garcia shot even-par 72.