Santos takes 1-shot lead at Qatar Masters

Portugal's Ricardo Santos poses for photos with his trophy after winning the Madeira Islands Open European Tour golf tournament.

Portugal's Ricardo Santos poses for photos with his trophy after winning the Madeira Islands Open European Tour golf tournament.

DOHA, Qatar — Ricardo Santos of Portugal had five birdies on his back nine to finish with a 7-under 65 Wednesday in the opening round of the Qatar Masters, taking a one shot lead over Anthony Wall and Peter Whiteford.

Santos finished with eight birdies to go with a lone bogey on his second hole. Coming off a fourth-place finish at the Abu Dhabi Championship on Sunday, the 30-year-old golfer from Portugal is looking for his second win on the European Tour.

Wall of England shot a bogey-free round that included four birdies on the front nine and a final birdie on the par-5, 18th. Whiteford, of Scotland, collected six birdies in a bogey-free round.

Several Manchester United players were in the gallery. The team is training in Qatar.

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