De Jager takes four-shot lead

FILE PICTURE: Louis de Jager during round 1 of the Vodacom Origins of Golf hosted by Samsung at Wild Coast Sun Country Club on September 03, 2014 at Port Edward, South Africa. Picture: Petri Oeschger/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images

FILE PICTURE: Louis de Jager during round 1 of the Vodacom Origins of Golf hosted by Samsung at Wild Coast Sun Country Club on September 03, 2014 at Port Edward, South Africa. Picture: Petri Oeschger/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images

A flawless round of 63 gave Louis de Jager a commanding lead after the first round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung at the Wild Coast Country Club today.

While the remainder of the field found scoring tough on the 5 807m, par-70 layout on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast, De Jager managed a round that included four birdies and an eagle to take the early lead.

An eagle on the par-four second hole set the tone for the day and was followed up by birdies at the par-five seventh and par-four ninth holes before scoring again on the 12th and 18th holes.

There’s a four-shot gap to Stuart Smith in second place with a round of three-under-par 67 – littered with five birdies and two bogeys – enough for the Botswana golfer. Jared Harvey, meanwhile, birdied the 18th in the afternoon rounds to move to joint-second.

The highlight of the day came courtesy of Peter Karmis who aced the par three 11th hole – his second of the day after going off the 10th tee – en route to a five-over-par 75.

 

 

 

 

 

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