French, Polish golfers lead at Alfred Dunhill Championship as Wilco Nienaber battles

By AFP 26m in the past

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JOHANNESBURG – Poland’s Adrian Meronk and Richard Roussel from France shared the Alfred Dunhill Championship first spherical lead on 65 Thursday, whereas South African big-hitter Wilco Nienaber carded a disappointing 71.

Meronk and Roussel shrugged off modest current European Tour type with seven-under rounds over the Leopard Creek Country Club course close to Malelane in northeastern South Africa.

Scott Jamieson from Scotland lies third after a 66 and Richard Bland of England carded a 67 for fourth place.

After three birdies and two bogeys on the entrance 9, 334-ranked Roussel birdied 5 straight holes from 10 and picked up one other at the final.

Meronk eagled the sixth and last holes, birdied 4 and bogeyed one as he seeks a maiden European Tour title after turning skilled 4 years in the past.

Nienaber, the 20-year-old rising star of South African golf, completed runner-up within the Joburg Open, with a 439-yard altitude-assisted drive in the course of the first spherical capturing worldwide consideration.

He appeared set for a low rating after 4 birdies inside six holes, however his spherical then went topsy-turvy with a double bogey, 4 bogeys and three birdies.

Nienaber, a winner of 21 novice titles earlier than turning skilled final 12 months, will hope for a lot better type Friday to keep away from the embarrassment of lacking the lower.

Joburg Open winner Joachim B. Hansen from Denmark opened with a two-under 70 over a course that borders the world famend Kruger National Park sport reserve.

Fresh from a maiden European Tour triumph, his card included six birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey six at the eighth.

Defending champion Pablo Larrazabal from Spain might handle solely a two-over 74 marred by a double bogey and two bogeys.



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