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Wilson, Dredge share 1st-round lead in Doha

Wilson, Dredge share 1st-round lead in Doha

Oliver Wilson of England shot a 5-under 67 Thursday despite gusting winds to share the first-round lead at the Qatar Masters with Bradley Dredge of Wales.
Wilson and Dredge were one shot ahead of a quartet that included Swedish duo Robert Karlsson and Alexander Noren, England's Lee Westwood and Marcel Siem of Germany.
Dredge and Siem both benefited from late start times as the strong winds that had reached 40 mph earlier in the day began to die down.
Wilson, however, had to contend with the tougher winds but still had a chance to take the sole lead on the 18th, where he missed a five-foot birdie putt.
The European Ryder Cup player is still looking for his first European Tour win after a string of second-place finishes, but said he hopes some recent adjustments will finally earn him a title.
"I looked at my golf from every angle and discovered that I was not balanced in my swing," Wilson said. "It was filmed with high-speed cameras and adjustments have been made. I am happy with the way I am hitting the ball, my distance and flight has changed.
"I hit some really good long irons into the wind, which has been a weakness in the past, and I am really looking forward to the months ahead."
Wilson and Westwood both missed the cut in their first tournament of the year in Abu Dhabi last week. Westwood has now had a new set of clubs flown out to the Middle East from his home in England, and said felt more comfortable on Thursday.
Karlsson had one of the most spectacular _ and luckiest _ shots of the round when he holed an 8-iron from 182 yards for an eagle.
"I wasn't going for that pin," he said. "But the ball took a nice bounce off a bank and rolled into the hole."
Sergio Garcia of Spain was among seven players who were three shots off the lead, while Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa had a superb start after beginning on the 10th tee and was at 5 under after nine holes. However, he followed up with four bogeys and a double bogey on the front nine to finish on level par.
"The rough was too tough for that wind," Oosthuizen said. "Whenever I got into it, all I could do was chip out sideways."


Updated : 2021-04-11 19:15 GMT+08:00