Africa Open. Santos Shoots 62 on Day 1. February 13 2014
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Portugal's Ricardo carded a flawless -9 under par 62 to set take the clubhouse lead at East London G.G. in the Africa Open. He won his first title on home soil in the Madeira Islands, and nine birdies and no bogeys here has put him on course to win again. Of course as I said last week it is much better to shoot 62 in the last round than the first, so we will see if Ricardo can continue with his good form. Not missing a fairway today was the key to his fabulous round, and helped by beautiful weather on the short course that measures just 6,632 yards;
“I played really solidly today and gave myself a lot of chances for birdie, and I took a lot of those chances, I’m very pleased to make a run like I did today. I hit the ball solidly from the tee and my putting was all good. To shoot minus nine you have to play awesome golf, so I’m really pleased with every piece of my game. If the wind blows this is a very tough course, but today if you put the ball in the fairway you had the chance to shoot a low round."
" I made nine under in Madeira to win the event, but I shot 63 there, because the par was 72. Today was definitely one of my best rounds of golf so far. I put the ball very close, didn’t miss a fairway, and that’s the key on this course.”
Garth Mulroy, Rhys Davies, Lucas Bjerregaard and Richard Bland are tied in second place at -7 under par after their opening rounds of 64.
Garth carded six birdies, an eagle and one bogey, Rhys had eight birdies in his last 16 holes. Richard produced a flawless round of golf, which contained an eagle and five birdies in a back nine of 30.
Garth enjoyed the good weather conditions, with no wind off the Indian Ocean;
" It's always nice to start the week this way, usually we don't get weather like this here, but I'm not complaining. The scores are definitely out there, you've just got to make some putts. I am pleased to be up there. I played okay on my first nine, but only turned one under. On the second nine I made a few putts and got it going. I think that on the front side of the course there are a few short par fours and with good shots you can make some easy birdies."
Rhys was happy to record a nice opening round;
"I haven't had the greatest form over the last couple of years, so it's really nice to have a good round under my belt. It was a lovely start this morning, I enjoyed it, and I'll try to do the same again tomorrow."
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