­Donald satisfied with delivering Opening 70 at Royal Lytham

WORLD No1 Luke Donald was content with his opening round of the Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes and believes his start has positioned him well for today’s resumption of play.

Donald continued his streak of failing to break 70 in the first round of a major championship since 2006 and after 16 pars, one birdie and a bogey is six behind leader Adam Scott, but given the anxiety he almost routinely experiences in a tournament’s early stages, he felt he had cause for optimism.

“I think mentally I was in a good place,” said Englishman Donald. “I felt like I wasn’t getting too much ahead of myself.

“I hit a lot of solid shots today but I didn’t get as much out of it as I would have liked. But it was kind of an easy 70. It wasn’t one where I was getting up and down and struggling.

“It was very workmanlike. If I continue to do that I know the putts will start to drop and I can make a few birdies.”

In securing 64 and taking the lead, Australia’s Scott equalled the course record for an Open Championship at Royal Lytham. Paul Lawrie, Zach Johnson and Nicolas Colsaerts are one shot behind, while Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson are also in contention at three under.

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n -6, 64, A Scott
n -5, 65, P Lawrie
n -5, 65, Z Johnson
n -5, 65, N Colsaerts
n -4, 66, B Snedeker