Luke Donald's disastrous opening round at the 2013 BMW PGA Championship leaves his hopes of securing a hat-trick of Wentworth wins hanging by a thread.

The world number six carded a six-over-par 78 on Thursday afternoon - his worst ever score on the West Course in Surrey - as he began the defence of his 2011 and 2012 titles, leaving him 12 shots behind clubhouse leader James Kingston of South Africa.

"I got off to a very slow start, it felt like I had no rhythm and feel," said Donald. "I don't know if it was the cold but I was struggling to feel my hands a little bit.

"I just didn't adapt to the conditions. Hopefully I can shoot something in the 60s and get on a good run tomorrow."

Donald is looking to emulate Colin Montgomerie by winning the European Tour's flagship event three years in a row, but now faces a fight to even make the cut on Friday following a disappointing start to the weather-disrupted tournament.

The 35-year-old Ryder Cup star was not the only player seemingly losing his battle with the elements, though, as Rory McIlroy bogeyed five of the last six holes to card a two-over-par 74.

Meanwhile, Donald's countryman Justin Rose dropped from three-under to finish level-par after a bogey and double bogey on the 17th and 18th.









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