John Daly one stroke behind leader
DOHA, Qatar -- Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano finished with three straight birdies for a 6-under 66 Thursday at the Qatar Masters, overcoming wind and blowing sand to lead after the first round.
The Spaniard, who is looking for his sixth European Tour victory, credited his putting. He holed several putts of more than 20 feet on his way to nine birdies to go along with three bogeys.
About two-thirds of the field shot over par, including defending champion Thomas Bjorn (79).
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