Donaldson leads after 1st round of Czech Masters

VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) Jamie Donaldson shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take first-round lead at the Czech Masters and boost his chances of securing a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.

Seeking his third European Tour victory, the Welshman produced two straight birdies on his last two holes to top the leaderboard. He made a total of eight birdies and two bogeys at the Albatross Golf course near Prague.

Sweden's Mikael Lundberg was one stroke back in second place, with a group of 10 players carding 68.

Donaldson currently has a qualifying spot for his debut Ryder Cup but still needs a good result to guarantee a place in Paul McGinley's team for next month's match against the United States at Gleneagles.

Play was delayed by an hour due to lightning.

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