The Canadian Press: Spain's Pablo Larazabal takes first-round lead at Andalucia Masters: "Spain's Pablo Larazabal shot a 5-under 66 to take the first-round lead Thursday in the Andalucia Masters, while Germany's Martin Kaymer struggled in his attempt to overtake Tiger Woods in the world rankings.
Kaymer needs to win or finish in a second-place tie with no more than one other player to supplant Woods at No. 1. Kaymer shot a first-round 72, leaving him six shots off the pace and tied for 28th at Valderrama.
The 27-year-old Larazabal broke two shots clear of the field with birdies at the 16th and 17th holes during his a bogey-free round. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell shot 68 to share second with Ireland's Damien McGrane.
Kaymer said before the tournament that his priority was winning the second Race to Dubai as the top money-winner on the European Tour, but that could be in jeopardy after McDowell's strong opening round.
The Northern Irishman is second in earnings behind Kaymer, and if the U.S. Open champion wins Sunday he would close the gap with four lucrative events remaining."