Alfred Dunhill Championship: Wil Besseling leads season opener
Garrick Porteous Created a strong Beginning to life in the European Tour to get Inside a shot of the lead.
The Englishman, who just procured his European Tour card last week posted a bogey-free 66 in Leopard Creek Country Club to stay in touch with early pacesetter Wil Besseling.
After carding a seven-under 65 in conditions in South Africa where gamers were given consent to wear shorts for the first time in a European Tour 36,, besseling holds a narrow advantage.
“I played nicely,” Besseling stated. “It’s a terrific beginning for the season and a fantastic round. I had it going nicely on the par fives.”
South African Keith Horne along with Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal joins on six underneath porteous, while Alejandro Canizares is two strokes off the pace after a eagle lifted him under.
“First round of the season I really don’t think I’m all set to proceed with shorts,” Larrazabal said. “It is more for pro-ams or clinic rounds to chill out with friends, but as a competitive round I did not feel like it and it worked.”
Scotland’s Grant Forrest topped the leaderboard after playing his first 11 holes seven below, only to triple-bogey the eighth – his hole – to his way into a 68.
Although Masters champion Charl Schwartzel marked his return to action from a lengthy injury lay-off with a 70 forrest is alongside England’s Jack Singh Brar in the group on four under.
While Dean Burmester triple-bogeyed his final hole to sit shots back one over eddie Pepperell started with a 71.
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