|-7 S Jamieson (Sco), D Hillier (NZ); -6 S Tarrio (Spa), E Ferguson, S Gallacher, R MacIntyre (all Sco).|
|Chosen others: -5 A Sullivan (Eng), P Larrazabal (Spa); -4 E Molinari (Ita); -2 R Fisher (Eng), R Ramsay (Sco), M Warren (Sco); -1 E Pepperell (Eng), T Olesen (Den), R Hoejgaard (Den).|
|First spherical will probably be accomplished on Friday. Full leaderboard|
Scott Jamieson made a blistering begin within the Qatar Masters as he bids to maintain his DP World Tour card for subsequent season.
The Scot, 39, fired a seven-under-par opening 65 to share the early lead with New Zealand’s Daniel Hillier earlier than a sandstorm then lightning stopped play.
Jamieson sits 119th within the Race to Dubai standings, with the highest 116 retaining full privileges for 2024.
Robert MacIntyre, Ewen Ferguson and Stephen Gallacher all reached six below on a leaderboard dominated by Scots.
Jamieson’s shut good friend Marc Warren, a four-time winner on the tour, is 117th on the standings and opened with a two-under 70 in Doha, as did Aberdonian Richie Ramsay.
Warren, 42, gained the 2007 World Cup alongside Colin Montgomerie and has competed on the circuit for 17 years.
Florida-based Jamieson has held his card for 13 consecutive seasons, with a career-best end of twenty sixth in 2017, however he and Warren face a visit to qualifying faculty if they don’t pressure their method into the highest 116 within the Race to Dubai standings by Sunday night.
“There may be nothing to lose any extra,” stated Jamieson, who made seven birdies and no bogeys in calm early circumstances at Doha Golf Membership.
“The final month or so the problem has been that I have been worrying concerning the guys round me and simply making an attempt to maintain my neck in entrance.
“I am on the incorrect facet of it now, so I’ve simply bought to go get it.”
MacIntyre carded six birdies and no bogeys in his 66 as he continued his encouraging begin after making quite a few adjustments following his Ryder Cup debut.
The left-hander is on his third totally different caddie this season and has additionally modified his ball and putter.
“Me and [caddie] Greg had a fantastic run after teaming up once more. I went again to the previous and it labored for a wee whereas and it was good, however I simply want that change once more,” he stated.
“I would been struggling a wee bit with the placing main as much as the Ryder Cup and did not putt my finest there so I’ve modified my putter and in addition made a bit method change and the ball is rolling properly.”
Andy Sullivan of England and Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal featured among the many gamers who started with five-under rounds of 67.
Ross Fisher is one hundred and fifteenth within the Race to Dubai and the previous Ryder Cup participant carded a gap two-under 70 because the Englishman seeks to protect his standing for subsequent season.
Play resumed after the sandstorm however lasted little greater than an hour earlier than the gamers within the £3m occasion have been taken off once more due to lightning, leaving half of the sphere but to finish their rounds.