Alfred Dunhill Championship: Pablo Larrazabal moves three ahead
Since the steady Beginning of Branden Grace Lasted in South Africa pablo Larrazabal opened up a three-shot lead at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Larrazabal followed an opening-round 66 at Leopard Creek Golf Club using a three-under 69 in windy and hot conditions, giving the Spaniard a dominating edge over overnight and Grace leader Wil Besseling.
English duo Jack Singh Brar and Marcus Armitage are in a share under alongside Thomas Aiken, whereas Eddie Pepperell – the player in the area – is off the lead at the group nine.
It was a fantastic job,” explained Larrazabal, among the few players not to take advantage of the European Tour’s decision to allow golfers to use shorts. “It wasn’t an easy afternoon, the wind was swirling about and gusting so with this particular golf course, as tight because the targets are, it was tough.”
After finding water off the tee, before finishing a streak of pars with a double-bogey in the seventh Larrazabal converted a birdie.
The four-time European Tour winner began his back nine with birdies and nailed a putt from almost 100 feet using an profit in the 13th, at the 12th.
Larrazabal bailed out a bogey at the 14th by getting up and down in the sand to birdie the to set the target, with Besseling his challenger before a bogey dropped him under alongside Grace.
Antoine Rozner was aided by four birdies in the last six holes to some round-of-the-day 67 and lifted the Frenchman to the talk of seventh, while former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel – producing his first appearance – sits at the group two below.
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