1 Nov 2008

Dane surprise leader at Valderrama

12:14 pm on 1 November 2008

The Wellington golfer Mark Brown struggled round in 75 on a windy opening day of the Volvo Masters in Spain, the European tour's season finale.

Most of the exclusive field of 57 players finished over par on the notoriously difficult Valderrama course, and among those behind Brown were three European Ryder Cup players, Padraig Harrington, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.

The surprise leader is the Dane Soren Kjeldsen, who posted a 65 to lead by three strokes from the Spaniard Sergio Garcia.