Posted on Orange Sport UK - November 22, 2012
"Luke Donald became the man to catch again on Thursday after a sparkling start to the £6million DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
The first event to feature all 12 of Europe's Ryder Cup heroes since their triumph in Chicago in September saw Donald, a winner in Japan last Sunday, race to seven under par after just 14 holes.
He led the European Tour's final event of the season by one from Scot Marc Warren and Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, while world number one Rory McIlroy - uncatchable at the top of the circuit's money list - stood two under after 11 holes.
Donald moved back up to second in the rankings ahead of Tiger Woods by taking the Dunlop Phoenix title at the weekend and is seeking to match McIlroy's four wins this year.
He birdied the fifth, seventh and eighth to turn in 33, started for home with two more, made a 15-footer at the short 13th and only just missed an eagle attempt at the 626-yard 14th."