Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Donaldson leading at Royal Portrush

Jamie Donaldsonb holds a one-shot advantage at the Irish Open
Jamie Donaldsonb holds a one-shot advantage at the Irish Open

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, trying for his first win in 255 European Tour events at the Irish Open, went two in front of the field with a five-foot birdie putt at the 12th.

However, Dubai Desert Classic winner Rafael Cabrera-Bello cut it back to one with his birdies at the 16th and 17th.

Donaldson had earlier been given a scare by Swede Mikael Lundberg.

Lundberg played the first 10 holes in a remarkable eight under par to charge from six behind to two in front, but then bogeyed the 16th and 18th.

He was nevertheless round in a joint best-of-the-week 65, but Donaldson had a hat-trick of birdies from the second and was two ahead himself before having his first bogey of the day after missing the green at the short 11th.

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