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Coetzee leads Qatar Masters by 1 after 1st round; Els, Daly 3 back

  • George Coetzee of South Africa hits his tee shot on the 7th hole during the first round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

    George Coetzee of South Africa hits his tee shot on the 7th hole during the first round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dawie van der Walt of South Africa hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

    Dawie van der Walt of South Africa hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)  (The Associated Press)

  • John Daly of the U.S. hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

    John Daly of the U.S. hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)  (The Associated Press)

George Coetzee of South Africa needed just 21 putts to shoot an 8-under-par 64 for a one-shot lead on the opening day of the Qatar Masters on Wednesday.

Coetzee eagled the par-5 10th hole and birdied his closing three holes in a round that was just two shots more than his best on the European Tour, a 62 which equalled the Old Course record at St. Andrews in Scotland 15 months ago.

"I was quite lucky to get away with a few shots, but it was another good putting display to put a nice number," he said.

"There's a lot of luck involved in this game, especially the way I play, and I had 21 putts with a three-putt, so that goes to show."

On 7 under were countryman Dawie Van Der Walt and Steve Webster of England, who began in spectacular manner by holing a 254-yard, 5-wood second shot for an albatross at his opening hole, the 548-yard, par-5 10th.