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Westwood and Haig lead in Qatar
England's Lee Westwood and South African Anton Haig shoot first round 67s in Doha.
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2008 15:48 GMT

Anton Haig of South Africa was joint leader after the first round of the Qatar Masters [GALLO/GETTY]

Lee Westwood, British golfer, continued his excellent early season form, shooting a five-under-par 67 to share the lead with South African Anton Haig at the end of the first round of the $2.5 million Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club.
Westwood, joint runner-up at last week's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship along with Swede Henrik Stenson, enjoyed a bogey-free round in bright but breezy conditions at the Doha Golf Club.
The 34-year-old shot two birdies over the first nine holes and finished with three more on the back nine to give himself a decent platform for the remainder of the tournament.
 
"It was a pretty solid round," Westwood said.
 
"It was a good day's workout and my confidence is pretty good."
 

"I have a long way to go but I really hit the ball pretty decent today."

Anton Haig

Westwood, who lost out on the Abu Dhabi title which was won by German Martin Kaymer, credited his success to a new fitness regime that involves a lot of gym work.
 
"I've improved my fitness a great deal. I work out a lot in the gym and obviously that helps."
 
Haig made a steady start picking up two shots over the first nine holes, but stepped up his game to blaze four birdies over the next seven.
 
However, he suffered a bogey at the 639-yard 18th hole to finish on 67.
 
"I have a long way to go but I really hit the ball pretty decent today," Haig said.
 
"I putted really well. I am looking forward to a steady week."
 
Tough conditions
 
The South African, however, said the windy conditions at the course tested his patience.
 
"It's a tough struggle out there, especially with the conditions as they are, windy, and there are a lot of good players out there," said Haig.
 
England's Paul Broadhurst, the Swedish trio of Alexander Noren, Johan Edfors and Henrik Stenson, Aussie Adam Scott, Spaniard Sergio Garcia and German Marcel Siem were in joint second place on 69.
 
Garcia, who finished second at last year's Open Championship, was left ruing some poor putting towards the end of his round, as he had an eagle putt on the 16th which turned into a par, and then missed an easy putt for birdie on the final hole.
 
Scott, world number eight, also missed a birdie putt on the 18th but remains in striking distance to secure the title he first won in 2002.
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