Doherty leads as rain delays NH Collection opener

Jack Doherty during the first round of the European Tour's 2014 NH Collection Open in Cadiz, Spain.

Having earned a spot on European Tour in November thanks to his 12th attempt at Q-School, Scotland's Jack Doherty took the lead after Thursday's rain-shortened opener at the NH Collection Open.

Doherty completed a 69 before darkness and leads a foursome by two shots. Rhys Davies, Bradley Dredge, Joakim Lagergren and Tjaart Van Der Walt are 2 under, with only Dredge having finished his round.

About half the field must complete their first rounds Friday. Three hours of rain stopped play in Cadiz, Spain, at La Reserva de Sotogrande, while windy conditions persisted after the downpour cleared.

– Associated Press contributed

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