European Tour

Alfred Dunhill Championship 2018

December 13-16

Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa

€1,500,000

Co-sanction: Sunshine Tour

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December 13-16

Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa

€1,500,000

Co-sanction: Sunshine Tour

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Round 1

Oliver Bekker takes a one-shot lead

December 13, 2018

South African Oliver Bekker birdied four consecutive back-nine holes en route Thursday to a 66 and a one-shot first round lead in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Australian Dimitrios Papadatos, the clubhouse leader for most of the day at Leopard Creek Country Club in northeastern South Africa, lies second after a 67 on the par-72 course.

Raphael Jacquelin of France is one shot further back on 68 followed by groups of nine on 69 and 70 after a testing opening round with high winds and fast greens.

Favourite Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, a four-time winner of the Dunhill Championship, could manage only one birdie as he began with a one-over 73.

Bekker had three birdies and one bogey on his outward nine followed by four straight birdies from the 11th hole.

The 34-year-old from Pretoria is ranked 305 in the world and seeking a first European Tour title after seven victories on the southern Africa Sunshine Tour.

As a late starter, he was less affected by the wind, which weakened during the afternoon in hot, partly cloudy conditions.

"The wind died a little bit and I was glad to be able to take advantage of that situation," said Bekker.

"I hit the ball really well today, finding most of the fairways, and coping with the really firm greens. It was a very solid round."

Papadatos, another challenger chasing a first European Tour triumph, picked up three birdies on the front nine and two coming back.

Jacquelin, four times a European Tour winner, began erratically with two birdies and two bogeys during his outward trek.

But a much improved inward half from the Frenchman allowed him to pick up four birdies and not drop a shot.

Among those on 69 is defending champion Brandon Stone while Louis Oosthuizen, winner of his first South African Open title last Sunday, carded a 71.

Schwartzel never clicked at his favourite golf course, which borders the Kruger National Park, and after turning in level par had a bogey six at 13 to finish one over.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Oliver Bekker
RSA
-6
66
T2
David Lipsky
USA
-5
70
T2
Zander Lombard
RSA
-5
71
T2
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-5
67
T5
Espen Kofstad
NOR
-4
69
T5
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-4
69
T5
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-4
68
T8
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
69
T8
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-3
69
T8
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-3
70
T8
Marc Warren
SCO
-3
70
T8
Brandon Stone
RSA
-3
69
T8
David Drysdale
SCO
-3
69
T8
Liam Johnston
SCO
-3
69
T8
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
69
T8
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-3
69
T17
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-2
71
T17
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-2
70
T17
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-2
70
T17
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
70
T17
Ockie Strydom
RSA
-2
70
T17
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-2
70
T23
Ben Evans
ENG
-1
70
T23
Max Orrin
ENG
-1
71
T23
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-1
73
T23
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-1
71
T23
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
71
T23
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-1
71
T23
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-1
71
T23
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-1
71
T23
Scott Vincent
ZIM
-1
71
T32
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
Par
73
T32
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
Par
73
T32
Grant Forrest
SCO
Par
74
T32
Neil Schietekat
RSA
Par
72
T32
Chris Swanepoel
RSA
Par
72
T32
David Borda
ESP
Par
72
T32
David Law
SCO
Par
72
T32
Jeff Winther
SWE
Par
72
T32
Keenan Davidse
RSA
Par
72
T32
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
Par
72
T32
Matias Calderon
CHI
Par
72
T32
Rourke Van Der Spuy
RSA
Par
72
T32
Sean Crocker
USA
Par
72
T32
Steven Brown
ENG
Par
72
T32
Stuart Manley
WAL
Par
72
T47
Niklas Lemke
SWE
1
72
T47
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
1
75
T47
Romain Langasque
FRA
1
74
T47
Shaun Norris
RSA
1
74
T47
Doug McGuigan
RSA
1
72
T47
George Coetzee
RSA
1
73
T47
Kalle Samooja
FIN
1
74
T47
Thomas Aiken
RSA
1
73
T47
Ernie Els
RSA
1
73
T47
Colin Nel
RSA
1
72
T47
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
1
73
T47
Branden Grace
RSA
1
73
T47
Jaco Prinsloo
RSA
1
73
T47
Jean Hugo
RSA
1
73
T47
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
1
73
T47
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
1
73
T47
Marcel Siem
GER
1
73
T47
Victor Perez
FRA
1
73
T65
Tom Murray
ENG
2
71
T65
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
72
T65
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
2
75
T65
Peter Hanson
SWE
2
75
T65
Richard Sterne
RSA
2
74
T65
Trevor Immelman
RSA
2
74
T65
Chris Paisley
ENG
2
75
T65
Merrick Bremner
RSA
2
74
T65
Allister De Kock
RSA
2
74
T65
Daniel Gavins
ENG
2
74
T65
Daniel Greene
RSA
2
74
T65
Hennie Otto
RSA
2
74
T65
J. J. Senekal
RSA
2
74
T65
Jean-Paul Strydom
RSA
2
74
T65
Justin Walters
RSA
2
74
T65
Louis De Jager
RSA
2
74
T65
Matt Wallace
ENG
2
74
T65
Pieter Moolman
RSA
2
74
T83
Jared Harvey
RSA
3
75
T83
Lyle Rowe
RSA
3
73
T83
Chase Koepka
USA
3
73
T83
Neil O'Briain
IRL
3
76
T83
Garth Mulroy
RSA
3
76
T83
Dean Burmester
RSA
3
75
T83
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
3
75
T83
Jacquin Hess
RSA
3
75
T83
Kim Koivu
FIN
3
75
T83
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
3
75
T83
Mark Williams
RSA
3
75
T83
Rhys Enoch
WAL
3
75
T83
Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
3
75
T83
Tyrone Ryan
RSA
3
75
T97
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
4
76
T97
Chris Cannon
ENG
4
76
T97
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
4
75
T97
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
4
77
T97
Ruan De Smidt
RSA
4
76
T97
Alex Haindl
RSA
4
76
T97
Breyten Meyer
RSA
4
76
T97
Bryce Easton
RSA
4
76
T97
Daniel Hammond
RSA
4
76
T97
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
4
76
T97
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
4
76
T97
Jake Roos
RSA
4
76
T97
Morten Orum Madsen
DEN
4
76
T97
Nick Cullen
AUS
4
76
T97
Peter Karmis
RSA
4
76
T97
Sipho Bujela
RSA
4
76
T97
Vaughn Groenewald
RSA
4
76
T114
Wynand Dingle
RSA
5
77
T114
Steve Surry
ENG
5
78
T114
Marc Cayeux
ZIM
5
77
T114
Heinrich Bruiners
RSA
5
77
T114
Tyrone Ferreira
RSA
5
75
T114
Ivan Cantero
ESP
5
77
T114
Andre de Decker
RSA
5
77
T114
Danie van Tonder
RSA
5
77
T114
Dawie van der Walt
RSA
5
77
T114
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
5
77
T114
Kurt Kitayama
USA
5
77
T114
Max Schmitt
GER
5
77
T114
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
5
77
T114
Riekus Nortje
RSA
5
77
T114
Ulrich van den Berg
RSA
5
77
T129
Ryan Cairns
ZWE
6
75
T129
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
6
78
T129
Adrien Saddier
SCO
6
78
T129
Gregory Havret
FRA
6
78
T129
JC Ritchie
RSA
6
78
T129
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
6
78
T129
Jacques Blaauw
RSA
6
78
T129
Lindani Ndwandwe
RSA
6
78
T129
MJ Viljoen
RSA
6
78
T129
Michael Palmer
RSA
6
78
T129
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
6
78
T129
Theunis Bezuidenhout
RSA
6
78
T129
Thriston Lawrence
RSA
6
78
T142
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
7
79
T142
Haydn Porteous
RSA
7
79
T142
Hennie Du Plessis
RSA
7
79
T142
Omar Sandys
RSA
7
79
146
Anthony Michael
RSA
8
79
T147
Cameron Moralee
RSA
9
81
T147
Matteo Manassero
ITA
9
81
T147
Scott Gregory
ENG
9
81
T150
Per Laengfors
SWE
10
78
T150
Makgetha Mazibuko
RSA
10
82
T150
Scott Campbell
ENG
10
82
T153
Irvin Mazibuko
RSA
11
83
T153
Thabang Simon
RSA
11
83
155
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
12
84
DSQ
Derick Petersen
RSA
Par
86
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Oliver Bekker
RSA
-6
66
T2
David Lipsky
USA
-5
70
T2
Zander Lombard
RSA
-5
71
T2
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-5
67
T5
Espen Kofstad
NOR
-4
69
T5
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-4
69
T5
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-4
68
T8
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
69
T8
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-3
69
T8
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-3
70
T8
Marc Warren
SCO
-3
70
T8
Brandon Stone
RSA
-3
69
T8
David Drysdale
SCO
-3
69
T8
Liam Johnston
SCO
-3
69
T8
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
69
T8
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-3
69
T17
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-2
71
T17
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-2
70
T17
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-2
70
T17
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
70
T17
Ockie Strydom
RSA
-2
70
T17
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-2
70
T23
Ben Evans
ENG
-1
70
T23
Max Orrin
ENG
-1
71
T23
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-1
73
T23
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-1
71
T23
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
71
T23
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-1
71
T23
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-1
71
T23
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-1
71
T23
Scott Vincent
ZIM
-1
71
T32
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
Par
73
T32
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
Par
73
T32
Grant Forrest
SCO
Par
74
T32
Neil Schietekat
RSA
Par
72
T32
Chris Swanepoel
RSA
Par
72
T32
David Borda
ESP
Par
72
T32
David Law
SCO
Par
72
T32
Jeff Winther
SWE
Par
72
T32
Keenan Davidse
RSA
Par
72
T32
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
Par
72
T32
Matias Calderon
CHI
Par
72
T32
Rourke Van Der Spuy
RSA
Par
72
T32
Sean Crocker
USA
Par
72
T32
Steven Brown
ENG
Par
72
T32
Stuart Manley
WAL
Par
72
T47
Niklas Lemke
SWE
1
72
T47
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
1
75
T47
Romain Langasque
FRA
1
74
T47
Shaun Norris
RSA
1
74
T47
Doug McGuigan
RSA
1
72
T47
George Coetzee
RSA
1
73
T47
Kalle Samooja
FIN
1
74
T47
Thomas Aiken
RSA
1
73
T47
Ernie Els
RSA
1
73
T47
Colin Nel
RSA
1
72
T47
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
1
73
T47
Branden Grace
RSA
1
73
T47
Jaco Prinsloo
RSA
1
73
T47
Jean Hugo
RSA
1
73
T47
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
1
73
T47
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
1
73
T47
Marcel Siem
GER
1
73
T47
Victor Perez
FRA
1
73
T65
Tom Murray
ENG
2
71
T65
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
72
T65
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
2
75
T65
Peter Hanson
SWE
2
75
T65
Richard Sterne
RSA
2
74
T65
Trevor Immelman
RSA
2
74
T65
Chris Paisley
ENG
2
75
T65
Merrick Bremner
RSA
2
74
T65
Allister De Kock
RSA
2
74
T65
Daniel Gavins
ENG
2
74
T65
Daniel Greene
RSA
2
74
T65
Hennie Otto
RSA
2
74
T65
J. J. Senekal
RSA
2
74
T65
Jean-Paul Strydom
RSA
2
74
T65
Justin Walters
RSA
2
74
T65
Louis De Jager
RSA
2
74
T65
Matt Wallace
ENG
2
74
T65
Pieter Moolman
RSA
2
74
T83
Jared Harvey
RSA
3
75
T83
Lyle Rowe
RSA
3
73
T83
Chase Koepka
USA
3
73
T83
Neil O'Briain
IRL
3
76
T83
Garth Mulroy
RSA
3
76
T83
Dean Burmester
RSA
3
75
T83
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
3
75
T83
Jacquin Hess
RSA
3
75
T83
Kim Koivu
FIN
3
75
T83
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
3
75
T83
Mark Williams
RSA
3
75
T83
Rhys Enoch
WAL
3
75
T83
Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
3
75
T83
Tyrone Ryan
RSA
3
75
T97
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
4
76
T97
Chris Cannon
ENG
4
76
T97
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
4
75
T97
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
4
77
T97
Ruan De Smidt
RSA
4
76
T97
Alex Haindl
RSA
4
76
T97
Breyten Meyer
RSA
4
76
T97
Bryce Easton
RSA
4
76
T97
Daniel Hammond
RSA
4
76
T97
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
4
76
T97
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
4
76
T97
Jake Roos
RSA
4
76
T97
Morten Orum Madsen
DEN
4
76
T97
Nick Cullen
AUS
4
76
T97
Peter Karmis
RSA
4
76
T97
Sipho Bujela
RSA
4
76
T97
Vaughn Groenewald
RSA
4
76
T114
Wynand Dingle
RSA
5
77
T114
Steve Surry
ENG
5
78
T114
Marc Cayeux
ZIM
5
77
T114
Heinrich Bruiners
RSA
5
77
T114
Tyrone Ferreira
RSA
5
75
T114
Ivan Cantero
ESP
5
77
T114
Andre de Decker
RSA
5
77
T114
Danie van Tonder
RSA
5
77
T114
Dawie van der Walt
RSA
5
77
T114
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
5
77
T114
Kurt Kitayama
USA
5
77
T114
Max Schmitt
GER
5
77
T114
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
5
77
T114
Riekus Nortje
RSA
5
77
T114
Ulrich van den Berg
RSA
5
77
T129
Ryan Cairns
ZWE
6
75
T129
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
6
78
T129
Adrien Saddier
SCO
6
78
T129
Gregory Havret
FRA
6
78
T129
JC Ritchie
RSA
6
78
T129
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
6
78
T129
Jacques Blaauw
RSA
6
78
T129
Lindani Ndwandwe
RSA
6
78
T129
MJ Viljoen
RSA
6
78
T129
Michael Palmer
RSA
6
78
T129
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
6
78
T129
Theunis Bezuidenhout
RSA
6
78
T129
Thriston Lawrence
RSA
6
78
T142
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
7
79
T142
Haydn Porteous
RSA
7
79
T142
Hennie Du Plessis
RSA
7
79
T142
Omar Sandys
RSA
7
79
146
Anthony Michael
RSA
8
79
T147
Cameron Moralee
RSA
9
81
T147
Matteo Manassero
ITA
9
81
T147
Scott Gregory
ENG
9
81
T150
Per Laengfors
SWE
10
78
T150
Makgetha Mazibuko
RSA
10
82
T150
Scott Campbell
ENG
10
82
T153
Irvin Mazibuko
RSA
11
83
T153
Thabang Simon
RSA
11
83
155
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
12
84
DSQ
Derick Petersen
RSA
Par
86