Date: January 23, 2014
Author: Sportal, Omnisport

Coetzee leads in Qatar, albatross joy for Webster

George Coetzee claimed a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Qatar Masters as Steve Webster created European Tour history.

Coetzee, who finished in a tie for second at this tournament 12 months ago, carded birdies on the final three holes during his eight-under 64 to edge ahead after day one, but the South African had to share the spotlight on Wednesday with Webster, who went round in 65 along with Dawie van der Walt.

An albatross on his first hole at the par-five 10th meant Webster got off to a dream start.

No player has ever hit an albatross on the opening hole of Tour event and the rare feat left the Englishman shell-shocked.

He said: "I have never been three under through one before and you wonder is this my day or have I had all my luck on the first hole, but I played great after that."

Webster and South African Van der Walt head into Thursday one shot adrift of Coetzee, who also caught the eye on the 10th with an eagle.

In addition, Van der Walt's blemish-free round included an eagle at the first as the top three in the leaderboard put down impressive markers in Doha.

Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello is one of four players tied fourth after shooting a six-under 66, with Swede Henrik Stenson two shots further back, the world number three having missed the cut at last weekend's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

Defending champion Chris Wood of England, meanwhile, endured a day to forget and is tied for 86th after a one-over 73 that included five bogeys.