October 20, 2005

Foster shares early Majorca lead with Murphy

By Norman Dabell

PULA (Reuters) - Britain's Mark Foster shrugged off his
recent woes to take a share of the early first-round lead in
the Majorca Classic with a four-under-par 66 on Thursday.

Foster and Ireland's Gary Murphy held a one-shot lead over
2003 Pula winner Miguel-Angel Jimenez of Spain and Britons,
Paul Broadhurst and Sam Little.

Foster, winner of the 2003 Dunhill Championship after a
six-man playoff, has struggled with his form since his South
African victory.

He is currently 106th on the European money-list and this
should secure him his playing rights in 2006.

The top 116 on the money-list are assured of cards. All but
the top 60, who compete in next week's Volvo Masters, are
playing in their last tournament which count toward their

"The last five weeks have been a worry and the card has
played on my mind off the course, and my big effort in Madrid
last week to make sure of the card has left me very tired,"
said Foster.

"I was hitting 20 yards shorter for my first few holes out
of tiredness."

Murphy, whose best result was fourth in the 2003 Scottish
Open, is looking for his maiden full tour title.

Australian Mark Hensby decided not to play next week at
Valderrama and fulfil his mandatory 11 events to be a European

Rookie Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, winner of the Dutch Open
earlier in the season, was two shots off the lead.

Three-times winner Miguel Martin, lying one place from
safety in 117th spot, got off to a good start with a 69.