Thursday, January 07, 2010

Stephen Gallacher top of the Scots with 70 in South Africa

Five share Africa Open lead on seven-under 66

A storming finish to his round enabled Trevor Fisher junior to share a five-way tie at the top of a clustered leaderboard after day one of the Africa Open in East London, South Africa.
The South African ended with back-to-back birdies to move to seven under par 66 alongside countrymen Titch Moore and Richard Sterne, while Sweden's Patrik Sjoland and Dane Mark Haastrup made sure there were at least some Europeans firmly in the mix.
Four players were a further stroke back after 67s - Thomas Aiken, Keith Horne, Tjaart van der Walt and Charl Schwartzel, the highest world ranked player in the field at 66 - with 16 players at five under on a day of low scoring in the coastal city, more commonly associated with windy conditions.
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Among those was England's Robert Coles, who fired an incredible six straight birdies to move into a share of the lead, before a bogey on the penultimate par-4 seventh saw him slip back.
Other Britons in the same pack were Sam Hutsby, Michael Hoey, James Morrison, Miles Tunnicliff and Justin Walters.
However, it was not a great day for two of the pre-tournament favourites, Englishman Nick Dougherty and rising New Zealand star Danny Lee, who struggled in their first outings of 2010.
Liverpool golfer Dougherty ended his round with a disappointing 76 - his effort including a pair of bogeys and double-bogeys amongst three birdies - with 19-year-old Lee finishing a shot worse.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke did his best to stay in touch with a four-under 69, a card that had two blemishes in the form of bogeys on five and 18.
Stephen Gallacher was the leading Scot on three-under-par 70, a shot ahead of Alan McLean, Andrew McArthur, Jamie McLeary and Steven O'Hara.
Callum Macaulay and Peter Whiteford had 72s.

Par 73
66 Titch Moore (RSA), Patrik Sjoland (Swe), Mark Haastrup (Den), Trevor Fisher junior (RSA), Richard Sterne (RSA)
67 Tjaart Van Der Walt (RSA), Thomas Aiken (RSA), Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Keith Horne (RSA)
68 James Kingston (RSA), Robert Coles, Jose-Filipe Lima (Por), Miles Tunnicliff, Michael Hoey, Charl Coetzee (RSA), Deane Pappas (RSA), Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra), Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra), Jake Roos (RSA), Andre Cruse (RSA), George Coetzee (RSA), James Morrison, Sam Hutsby, Dion Fourie (RSA), Justin Walters (RSA)
69 Paulo Pinto (Arg), Joost Luiten (Ned), Pelle Edberg (Swe), Jaco Van Zyl (RSA), Kenneth Ferrie, Bradford Vaughan (RSA), Thabang Simon (RSA), Louis De Jager (RSA), Neil Schietekat (RSA), Jacques Blaauw (RSA), Garry Houston, Hennie Otto (RSA), Jarmo Sandelin (Swe), Darren Clarke, Michiel Bothma (RSA), Oliver Bekker (RSA), Carl Suneson (Spa), Marco Ruiz (Par), Jbe Kruger (RSA), Martin Maritz (RSA)
70 Sion Bebb, Branden Grace (RSA), Klas Eriksson (Swe), Clodomiro Carranza (Arg), Oliver Fisher, Gary Boyd, Alejandro Canizares (Spa), Mark Murless (RSA), Desvonde Botes (RSA), Reggie Adams (RSA), Clinton Whitelaw (RSA), Tyrone Mordt (RSA), Steve Basson (RSA), Peter Baker, Darren Fichardt (RSA), Raphael Jacquelin (Fra), Christiaan Basson (RSA), Stephen Gallacher, Andrew Marshall, Phillip Archer, Ryan Tipping (RSA), Alexandre Kaleka (Fra)
71 Anthony Michael (RSA), Adilson Da Silva (Bra), Benn Barham, Stuart Anderson (Can), Chris Swanepoel (RSA), Mervyn Galant (RSA), Steven O'Hara, Andrew Georgiou (RSA), Andrew McArthur, Thomas Bjorn (Den), Tyrone Ferreira (RSA), Benjamin Hebert (Fra), Alex Haindl (RSA), Prinavin Nelson (RSA), Magnus A Carlsson (Swe), Jean Hugo (RSA), Alan McLean, Julien Guerrier (Fra), Julien Quesne (Fra), Marc Cayeux (Zim), Jamie McLeary, Grant Muller (RSA), Willie Van Der Merwe (RSA)
72 T C Charamba (Zim), Steven Jeppesen (Swe), Jamie Elson, Scott Hend (Aus), Callum Macaulay, Peter- Henric McIntyre (RSA), Warren Abery (RSA), Tyrone Van Aswegen (RSA), Fredrik Ohlsson (Swe), Christian Ries (RSA), Brandon Pieters (RSA), Ulrich Van Den Berg (RSA), Peter Whiteford, Jaco Ahlers (RSA), Matthew Zions (Aus), Phillip Price, David Lynn, Ryan Cairns (Zim), Louis Moolman (RSA), Daniel Greene (RSA), Chris Williams (RSA), Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra)
73 Martin Wiegele (Aut), Joakim Haeggman (Swe), Carlos Del Moral (Spa), Scott Dunlap (USA), Andrew Tampion (Aus), Roope Kakko (Fin), Shaun Norris (RSA), Mark Fensham, Andrew Curlewis (RSA), Heinrich Bruiners (RSA), Gary Clark, Dawie Van Der Walt (RSA), Rick Kulacz (Aus), Niall Kearney, Francois Calmels (Fra)
74 John Parry, Tota Thimba junior (RSA), Doug McGuigan, Stuart Manley, Simon Khan, James Ruth, Simon Thornton, Lorenzo Gagli (Ita), Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe)
75 Gary Murphy, Henrik Nystrom (Swe), Robert Dinwiddie, Mark Brown (Nzl), Wayne Westner (RSA)
76 Brett Liddle (RSA), Johan Du buisson (RSA), Des Terblanche (RSA), Richard McEvoy, Keenan Davidse (RSA), Marcel Siem (Ger), Nick Dougherty
77 Danny Lee (Nzl), James Kamte (RSA), Lindani Ndwandwe (RSA)
79 Anton Haig (RSA), Callie Burger (RSA)
80 Merrick Bremner (RSA), Lee Slattery
DQ: Eirik Tage Johansen (Nor)



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