Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/16/14

KINGSBARNS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 04: Luke Donald of England acknowledges the crowd after finishing his round on the 18th green during the third round of The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns Golf Links on October 4, 2009 in Kingsbarns, Scotland.The third round was postponed on Saturday due to gale force winds. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Luke Donald shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to lead Rory McIlroy and two others by one stroke after the opening round of the season-ending Dubai World Championship. Donald saved par on Nos. 1 and 4 with some precise putting and then some accurate up-and-down play helped him make four birdies in a stretch of six holes. McIlroy, who has already clinched the European and PGA tour money titles, surged into contention with a string of three birdies on back nine. The PGA Championship winner could have matched Donald but his tee shot on the 18th went into a creek. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain and Marc Warren of Scotland are also at 6 under. Lee Westwood and 2010 PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer are among six players on 5 under.
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