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Donald stumbles in summit bid

GOLF: Luke Donald's quest to regain golf's world number one position got off to a poor start at the Zurich Classic.

Donald needs to finish in the top seven at the event in Avondale, Louisiana, if he is to reclaim top spot from Rory McIlroy -- who does not return to action until next week's Wells Fargo Championship.


However, Donald (pictured) could only manage an opening round of 73 -- and at one over par sits eight shots off the pace set by Ken Duke and Cameron Tringale.

Three birdies and three bogeys were followed by a five at the par-three 17th for Donald -- although the Englishman got a shot back on the 18th.

Bubba Watson is also well off the pace after making his return to action following victory in The Masters. Watson won this event last year but this time around he carded a steady opening round of 71, one under par.

The American had birdies on the second, sixth and seventh holes but bogeys on the eighth, 10th and 16th meant he needed a birdie on the 18th to finish the first round under par.

Duke had seven birdies in a bogey-free round, while Tringale -- who is also seeking his first win on the PGA Tour -- recovered well after a bogey on the third, finishing with four birdies.

Ireland's Graeme McDowell recorded a three under par round and sits tied for 15th.

Meanwhile, in the Ballantine's Championship in Icheon, South Korea, Paul Mc Ginley was seven off the lead at level par by the 14th hole.

Shane Lowry had a great round of 70 and is level par in the clubhouse.

Gareth Maybin was two over after nine while Damien Mc Grane was one over after nine with Darren Clarke five over after 15.