Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mattiace and Jonzon share lead on 64
in Alfred Dunhill Championship

Len Mattiace and Michael Jonzon shared the lead on seven-under-par 65 after the opening round at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.
The pair lead by one from Lee Westwood, Robert Rock, Rafael Cabrera Bello and Johan Edfors - with three players on five under 67 and 14, including 2004 champion Charl Schwartzel, three off the pace.
Swede Jonzon was especially impressive at the Leopard Creek Golf Club, with two birdies and an eagle in his opening four holes giving him a flying start.
Another birdie on the par-4 sixth helped him complete the front nine in 30 - the lowest of the day - and he consolidated that performance with a 35 on the back nine to complete a bogey-free round.
"I played really, really well - especially my shots into the green where I found my speed and the lines on the greens," he said.
"It was just a day when you play really well. The weather in the afternoon was also nice. The wind died down and made it quite easy.
"It's just sometimes that days like these happen. It's when you don't think about it when it does happen."
American Mattiace, who lost a play-off to Mike Weir at the Masters in 2003, added: "I really wanted to get off to a good start.
"I played in a tournament last week in Buenos Aires in Argentina and I really didn't get off to a good start.
"So I wanted to go around and shoot a really low score and I really mapped it out and I stuck pretty well to what I thought I should do. I really challenged myself today. I don't know how the other scores look. I'm sure there are going to be some pretty low ones because of the greens being soft."



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