Wiesberger Leads the Pack in South Africa

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger posted a 5-under 67 in the opening round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge and will take a one-shot lead into day two at Gary Player Country Club.

On a windy day in Sun City, South Africa, Wiesberger turned at level-par 36, but then made six birdies on the inward nine, including one on the 18th to grab the top spot.

“It wasn’t easy to be honest. It was quite breezy, quite steady direction-wise but still the course is quite tricky off the tees,” said Wiesberger. “You want to get a lot of fairways to be able to attack the flags and that’s quite challenging when there’s gusty winds.”

A group of four players are tied for second at 4-under 68, headlined by native son Branden Grace. The 34-year old South African’s round was highlighted by a chip-in eagle on the par-5 14th.

“Managed to make a few putts, kept hitting the ball great and giving myself chances,” said Grace. “It’s nice to be able to play in South Africa. It’s my first start here this year. I want to make the most out of that one.”

Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and American Julian Suri sit alongside Grace at 4 under.

Defending champion Alex Noren chipped in for eagle on the par-5 10th en route to a 3-under 69.

“I played probably the best I’ve played for a long time. Very steady, a little better off the tee which makes it a lot easier from there on. I’m very pleased,” said Noren.

The Swede is T6 along with South African Charl Schwartzel, England’s Graeme Storm and Japan’s Hideto Tanihara.

A logjam of 12 players are deadlocked at 2-under 70, led by a threesome of popular Englishmen: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, and Ross Fisher.


HIGHLIGHTS: ROUND ONE


TOP 10: ROUND ONE

1 Bernd Wiesberger -5
T2 Victor Dubuisson -4
T2 Julian Suri -4
T2 Scott Jamieson -4
T2 Branden Grace -4
T6 Graeme Storm -3
T6 Hideto Tanihara -3
T6 Charl Schwartzel -3
T6 Alex Noren -3
T10 Twelve players tied at -2


SHOT OF THE DAY

Defending champion Alex Noren with a chip-in eagle on the par-5 10th.


QUOTABLE

“I played all right. I’ve not had great success when I was here last time but I approached it with a neutral mind and I played a lot better than I have the last couple of weeks and putted good. Took a couple of chances so that was nice, to get out there kind of relaxed and just let it happen.”
Bernd Wiesberger


NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE COVERAGE

  • PRE-GAME
  • Around the Tours: 4 Courses, 4 Countries
    Pairings, Tee Times, TV: Nedbank Golf Challenge
    Primer: 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge
    Odds To Win: Nedbank Golf Challenge
    4 Storylines: Nedbank Golf Challenge

  • SOCIAL
  • Euro Tour Pros Give Hysterical Golf Tips
    4 Gold Rolex Series Bibs in Nedbank Golf Challenge Field
    Pro Tip: Avoid the Rough in South Africa
    Poulter Enjoys the Perks of Golfing in South Africa


    LEADERBOARD: ROUND 1

       
    1Bernd Wiesberger-5
    T2Victor Dubuisson-4
    T2Julian Suri-4
    T2Scott Jamieson-4
    T2Branden Grace-4
    T6Graeme Storm-3
    T6Hideto Tanihara-3
    T6Charl Schwartzel-3
    T6Alex Noren-3
    T10Nacho Elvira-2
    T10Paul Waring-2
    T10Lee Slattery-2
    T10Haotong Li-2
    T10Fabrizio Zanotti-2
    T10Michael Lorenzo-Vera-2
    T10Peter Uihlein-2
    T10Lucas Bjerregaard-2
    T10Lee Westwood-2
    T10Matthew Fitzpatrick-2
    T10Ross Fisher-2
    T10Callum Shinkwin-2
    T22Darren Fichardt-1
    T22Alexander Bjork-1
    T22Jorge Campillo-1
    T22Joost Luiten-1
    T22Ryan Fox-1
    T22Thorbjorn Olesen-1
    T22Marc Warren-1
    T22Soren Kjeldsen-1
    T22Tyrrell Hatton-1
    T22Louis Oosthuizen-1
    T32Renato ParatoreE
    T32Chris WoodE
    T32Shane LowryE
    T32Alexander LevyE
    T32Matthieu PavonE
    T32David DrysdaleE
    T32Rafael Cabrera BelloE
    T39Haydn Porteous1
    T39Richie Ramsay1
    T39Martin Kaymer1
    T39Francesco Molinari1
    T39David Horsey1
    T39Tommy Fleetwood1
    T39Jeunghun Wang1
    T46Ian Poulter2
    T46Andres Romero2
    T46Benjamin Herbert2
    T46Richard Sterne2
    T46Kiradech Aphibarnrat2
    T46Sam Brazel2
    T46Padraig Harrington2
    T46Paul Dunne2
    T46Stephen Gallacher2
    T46Adrian Otaegui2
    T46Eddie Pepperell2
    T46David Lipsky2
    T58Dylan Frittelli3
    T58Matt Wallace3
    T58Gregory Bourdy3
    T61Pablo Larrazabal4
    T61Edoardo Molinari4
    T61Romain Wattel4
    T61Jordan Smith4
    T61Brandon Stone4
    T61Nicolas Colsaerts4
    T67Dean Burmester5
    T67George Coetzee5
    69Andrew Dodt6
    T70Thomas Bjorn7
    T70Andy Sullivan7
    72Scott Hend8

    Credits: European Tour Media, Getty Images


    Jeff Smith

    Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.



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