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Donald leads weather-delayed Nedbank Challenge

  • The Sports Network
  • Published Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at 9:17 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at 10:17 a.m.

Sun City, South Africa (SportsNetwork.com) - Luke Donald was 5-under par through 11 holes when a second weather delay halted the Nedbank Golf Challenge for the day Thursday.

Donald has four of top-10 finishes at this event in five previous appearances with a share of fifth in 2005 being his best finish.

Jamie Donaldson was 3-under through 12 holes and Thomas Bjorn stood at minus-3 after six holes. They shared second place, while defending champion Martin Kaymer is alone in fourth, as he was minus-2 through six holes.

Two-time winner Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Henrik Stenson are among nine players that are tied for fifth at minus-1 at Gary Player Country Club.

Donald opened with a birdie at the first and came right back with an eagle on the par-5 second. He cruised to five straight pars from the third, and that run was interrupted by the first weather delay that last nearly three hours.

The Englishman notched back-to-back birdies from the eighth to move to minus-5. Donald parred the next two holes before weather halted play for the day.

Donaldson, who won in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, started with a birdie on the third. He later matched Donald's birdies at eight and nine to move into second place.

The Welshman, who was in the second group out, parred the first three holes of the back nine before the horn blew to stop play for the day.

Bjorn, who shared third place in 2000, got off to a flying start with birdies at the second, fourth and sixth

NOTES: Donald, at world No. 15, is the third-highest ranked player in the field ... Stenson, Garcia and Ernie Els join Kaymer as the four former champions in the field ... Els was plus-3 through seven holes.

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