Oosthuizen sets the pace on day one at Bush­wil­low

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the the way main and golf now course I can fo­cus for the on week. It feels like a new tour­na­ment start­ing for me on Fri­day.” He will have Wal­lace for com­pany again on Fri­day. The English­man made a breezy start. “The first five holes to come out of the blocks like that after a few weeks off was nice,” he said.

“I was a bit rusty on those holes where I dropped shots. I think that was the dif­fer­ence be­tween Louis and I. “I made bo­gey on the par three which was a par hole to­day... But I played nicely,” said Wal­lace, who is three shots off the lead with Zim­babwe’s Mark Wil­liams and SA’s Ty­rone Fer­reira. Five-time cham­pion and tour­na­ment host Ernie Els was a pop­u­lar early front run­ner. His 66 left him four off the pace with fel­low South African David McIn­tyre‚ the 999th ranked player in the world. Oosthuizen chang­ing around knows the on score Fri­day‚ he posted par­al­lel has uni­verse. to be mea­sured in a Among the lead­ing 26 play­ers after the first round only Ki­tayama ‚ SA ’ s Zan­der Lom­bard, who is on seven un­der‚ Jake Roos and Charl Schwartzel‚ as well as Ger­many’s Max Sch­mitt played the Firethorn lay­out. Still‚ nine-un­der is nine-un­der and Oosthuizen is sat­is­fied. “I drove it re­ally well and gave my­self good op­por­tu­ni­ties to get it close. I was putting nicely. Birdie and birdie just came. Matt [Wal­lace] and I went through a stage where I’d make a putt‚ then he’d make a putt.

“We were neck and neck the whole time up un­til 13. It is nice when two guys play good in the group,” Oosthuizen said. Al­though he will tackle the more de­mand­ing Firethorn course on Fri­day‚ Bush­wil­low was no breeze. “I have one golf course out of He the Louis cap play­ing leader­board hardly for af­ter­noon‚ Oosthuizen part­ners a hand­shake looked but early re­moved up by on to with the Thurs­day check time his his re­spectable shorter He round blazed but at curvier lead the his SA way after he Open. Bush­wil­low around his held open­ing the a lay­out‚ round birdies His of on card­ing lead 62 the that par-71 was‚ a in­cluded blem­ish-free course. how­ever‚ nine trimmed just Ki­tayama one shot in ne­go­ti­ated the as late Amer­i­can af­ter­noon the more Kurt to de­mand­ing tied Ki­tayama‚ course record Firethorn last week’s 63. lay­out win­ner in a of an the event­ful Mau­ri­tius few Open‚ weeks, has hav­ing had come un­der­per­form­ing through qual­i­fy­ing in Hong school‚ Kong‚ and Firethorn shoot­ing on Thurs­day. a course record at “I’ve been rid­ing that mo­men­tum and the put­ter has been re­ally good so far‚” he said.

Madal­itso Muthiya’s scorch­ing out­ward six-un­der 29 laid the plat­form for his open­ing round 63. Zam­bia’s Muthiya‚ a prod­uct of the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico‚ is ranked 1,330th in the world but he be­lied that lowly po­si­tion with a flaw­less round on Thurs­day.

“To­day wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily easy‚” said Muthiya after his round at Bush­wil­low. “The wind was swirling here and there in gusts. It cer­tainly wasn’t as easy as peo­ple say it is‚” Muthiya in­sisted.

With half the field play­ing the longer Firethorn lay­out be­fore

Tem­po­rary set­back: Louis Oosthuizen plays out of a bunker on day one of the SA Open.

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