Oliver Fisher, of England, watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Chuck Burton
January 21, 2015

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Oliver Fisher carded eight birdies on the opening day to take a solo one-shot lead at the Qatar Masters on Wednesday.

The Englishman's only blemish in a 7-under-par 65 was when he bogeyed the 13th hole, but he edged Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain by one stroke on an eventful first day at Doha Golf Club.

Ernie Els and Paul Lawrie were among 11 players tied for third at 5 under.

Fisher started in the afternoon from the 10th hole and posted a hat trick of birdies from the 16th hole before carding three more on Nos. 4, 6 and 8.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia, making his first European Tour start of the season, finished the day at 3 under.

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