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Jimenez shares Qatar lead after missed putt

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  • Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez misses chance to take outright lead in Qatar
  • Ryder Cup man missed 18th-hole putt that would have left clear in first round
  • He is on six-under 66 with former winners Henrik Stenson and Andrew Coltart
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(CNN) -- Spanish Ryder Cup player Miguel Angel Jimenez spurned the chance to claim the outright lead after the Qatar Masters first round on Thursday when he missed an eight-foot putt on the last.

Spanish Ryder Cup player Jimenez shares a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard in Qatar.

Spanish Ryder Cup player Jimenez shares a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard in Qatar.

Jimenez, whose driving was restricted after he suffered a thumb injury while skiing, had to settle for a share of top spot on six-under-par 66 with former winners Henrik Stenson and Andrew Coltart at Doha.

Sweden's Stenson, runner-up last year following his 2006 triumph, took advantage of calmer morning conditions to set the pace.

Coltart, fresh from reclaiming his Tour card at Q-School, and a bogey-free Jimenez then matched the world number 11 as they tackled the windy afternoon conditions.

English duo Lee Westwood and Robert Dinwiddie, Joburg Open winner Anders Hansen, Australia's Brett Rumford and Abu Dhabi runner-up Louis Oosthuizen were all a shot behind at the end of the first day.

Adam Scott's title defense did not get off to the best start as the Australian world number 14 carded a one-over 73, although he had been unable to practise after his clubs were delayed in transit.

After missing the cut last week in Abu Dhabi, Stenson picked up four shots in eight holes around the turn to make his move before finishing with back-to-back birdies.

"I maybe didn't play my best, but I took my chances and I was putting really well. It comes down to the putting and I made some good 10-15 footers," he told the UK's Press Association.

"It wasn't the start I hoped for last week, but there is always going to be a couple of bad ones in a season, but obviously I am happy to be in this position and going forward.

"It's a course I really enjoy playing. I think it's the ninth time coming to Qatar so I have a fair idea how to play the course."

After starting on the back nine, Coltart reached the turn in four under courtesy of an eagle two after driving the 16th.

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