Alfred Dunhill Championship R1

Wil Besseling leads the way at Leopard Creek

November 28 – December 01
Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa
€1,500,000
Live leaderboard
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Holland’s Wil Besseling made the ideal start to the new European Tour season with a 65 to claim the lead after the opening day of the Alfred Dunhill Championship.


Besseling carded an eagle, six birdies and a solitary bogey at Leopard Creek to finish seven under par, a shot ahead of England’s Garrick Porteous, Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal and South Africa’s Keith Horne.

“I played nicely,” said Besseling, who narrowly missed out on a full European Tour card for this season after finishing 18th on the Challenge Tour.

“It’s a great start for the season and a great round. I had it going nicely on the par fives. I was able to get there in two with irons and converted the birdies, and an eagle on 15 really helped.”


Larrazabal, who was one of a handful of players who turned down the option to wear shorts in competition for the first time in the high temperatures at Kruger National Park, had an eagle, five birdies and one bogey in his 66.

“First round of the season I don’t think I’m ready to go with shorts,” the four-time European Tour winner said. “It’s more for pro-ams or practice rounds to chill out with friends, but as a competitive round I didn’t feel like it and it worked.

“We’ve played in a lot worse than this, we played in Singapore and Malaysia. This is hot but it’s not that bad. We’re not going to die.

“As a Spaniard I grew up in the city, so to come to the bush is something special I discovered through the years on tour. I love the nature, I love the wildlife and this is paradise.

“We have one of the best golf courses you can play and Leopard Creek only has one very, very bad thing – it’s too far from Barcelona! I would have a place here if this was five or six hours from home.”

Spain’s Alejandro Canizares is two shots off the lead after a 67, with England’s Jack Singh Brar and the Scottish duo of David Drysdale and Grant Forrest among a seven-strong group on four under par.


Forrest reached seven under after 11 holes but stumbled over the closing stretch and ran up a triple-bogey seven on the eighth, while last year’s runner-up Drysdale had five birdies and one bogey in his 68.

Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel carded a two-under-par 70 in his first round since April due to a wrist injury.


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Alfred Dunhill Championship R2

Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Wil Besseling
NED
-7
65
T2
Garrick Porteous
ENG
-6
66
T2
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-6
66
T2
Keith Horne
RSA
-6
66
5
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-5
67
T6
Danie van Tonder
RSA
-4
68
T6
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-4
68
T6
David Drysdale
SCO
-4
68
T6
Branden Grace
RSA
-4
68
T6
Robin Roussel
FRA
-4
68
T6
Grant Forrest
SCO
-4
68
T6
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-4
68
T13
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-3
69
T13
Martin Rohwer
RSA
-3
69
T13
Adrian Meronk
POL
-3
69
T13
Rhys Enoch
WAL
-3
69
T13
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-3
69
T13
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-3
69
T13
Connor Syme
SCO
-3
69
T20
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-2
70
T20
Marcus Armitage
ENG
-2
70
T20
Justin Harding
RSA
-2
70
T20
Richard Sterne
RSA
-2
70
T20
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-2
70
T20
Ruan Conradie
RSA
-2
70
T20
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
-2
70
T20
Toby Tree
ENG
-2
70
T28
Hennie Du Plessis
RSA
-1
71
T28
Francesco Laporta
ITA
-1
71
T28
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-1
71
T28
Laurie Canter
ENG
-1
71
T28
Vaughn Groenewald
RSA
-1
71
T28
Alex Haindl
RSA
-1
71
T28
Dylan Naidoo
RSA
-1
71
T28
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-1
71
T28
Jack Harrison
ENG
-1
71
T28
Deon Germishuys
RSA
-1
71
T28
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
71
T28
Christiaan Basson
RSA
-1
71
T40
Daniel Greene
RSA
Par
72
T40
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
Par
72
T40
Clement Sordet
FRA
Par
72
T40
MJ Viljoen
RSA
Par
72
T40
David Law
SCO
Par
72
T40
Lee Slattery
ENG
Par
72
T40
Doug McGuigan
RSA
Par
72
T40
Garrick Higgo
RSA
Par
72
T40
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
Par
72
T40
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
Par
72
T40
JC Ritchie
RSA
Par
72
T40
James Du Preez
RSA
Par
72
T40
Johannes Veerman
USA
Par
72
T40
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
Par
72
T40
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
Par
72
T40
Gregory Havret
FRA
Par
72
T40
Zander Lombard
RSA
Par
72
T40
Brandon Stone
RSA
Par
72
T40
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
Par
72
T40
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
72
T40
James Morrison
ENG
Par
72
T40
Mark Williams
RSA
Par
72
T40
Niklas Lemke
SWE
Par
72
T63
Calum Hill
SCO
1
73
T63
Jacques Blaauw
RSA
1
73
T63
Oliver Wilson
ENG
1
73
T63
Jayden Schaper
RSA
1
73
T63
Jake Redman
RSA
1
73
T63
Jean Hugo
RSA
1
73
T63
Steve Surry
ENG
1
73
T63
Jacques P. de Villiers
1
73
T63
Oliver Bekker
RSA
1
73
T63
Dean Burmester
RSA
1
73
T63
Oliver Fisher
ENG
1
73
T63
Benjamin Poke
DNK
1
73
T63
George Coetzee
RSA
1
73
T63
Haydn Porteous
RSA
1
73
T77
Jake McLeod
AUS
2
74
T77
Jonathan Caldwell
NIR
2
74
T77
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
2
74
T77
Bryce Easton
RSA
2
74
T77
Neil Schietekat
RSA
2
74
T77
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
2
74
T77
Stephen Ferreira
POR
2
74
T77
Lars van Meijel
NED
2
74
T77
Renato Paratore
ITA
2
74
T77
Peter Karmis
RSA
2
74
T77
Antoine Rozner
FRA
2
74
T77
Ross Fisher
ENG
2
74
T77
Ernie Els
RSA
2
74
T77
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
74
T77
Callum Mowat
RSA
2
74
T77
Carlos Pigem
ESP
2
74
T77
Julien Guerrier
FRA
2
74
T94
Jeff Winther
SWE
3
75
T94
Matias Calderon
CHI
3
75
T94
Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
3
75
T94
Marcel Siem
GER
3
75
T94
Louis De Jager
RSA
3
75
T94
Ruan De Smidt
RSA
3
75
T94
Basil Wright
RSA
3
75
T94
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
3
75
T94
Richard McEvoy
ENG
3
75
T94
Madalitso Muthiya
ZMB
3
75
T94
Darren Fichardt
RSA
3
75
T94
Pieter Moolman
RSA
3
75
T106
Jake Roos
RSA
4
76
T106
Oliver Farr
WAL
4
76
T106
Jean-Paul Strydom
RSA
4
76
T106
Toto Thimba Jr.
RSA
4
76
T106
Heinrich Bruiners
RSA
4
76
T106
Justin Walters
RSA
4
76
T106
Keenan Davidse
RSA
4
76
T106
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
4
76
T106
Darius van Driel
NED
4
76
T106
Richard Bland
ENG
4
76
T106
Merrick Bremner
RSA
4
76
T117
Hugo Leon
CHI
5
77
T117
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
5
77
T117
Philip Eriksson
SWE
5
77
T117
Tyrone Ferreira
RSA
5
77
T117
Jaco Prinsloo
RSA
5
77
T117
Luke Jerling
RSA
5
77
T117
Ben Stow
ENG
5
77
T117
Kyle Barker
RSA
5
77
T117
Thriston Lawrence
RSA
5
77
T117
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
5
77
T117
Rupert Kaminski
RSA
5
77
T128
Ockie Strydom
RSA
6
78
T128
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
6
78
T128
Benjamin Follett-Smith
ZIM
6
78
T128
Dale Whitnell
ENG
6
78
T128
J. J. Senekal
RSA
6
78
T128
David Howell
ENG
6
78
T128
Chris Swanepoel
RSA
6
78
T128
Clinton Grobler
RSA
6
78
T128
Riekus Nortje
RSA
6
78
T128
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
6
78
T128
Hennie Otto
RSA
6
78
T128
Anton Haig
RSA
6
78
T140
Garth Mulroy
RSA
7
79
T140
Ricardo Santos
POR
7
79
T140
Combrinck Smit
RSA
7
79
T140
Keelan van Wyk
RSA
7
79
T140
Tyrone Ryan
RSA
7
79
T145
Lyle Rowe
RSA
8
80
T145
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
8
80
T145
Yubin Jung
RSA
8
80
T145
Dylan Kok
RSA
8
80
T145
Jacquin Hess
RSA
8
80
T145
Jack Senior
ENG
8
80
T145
Michael Palmer
RSA
8
80
T152
Caylum Boon
RSA
11
83
T152
Anthony Michael
RSA
11
83
154
Teaghan Gauche
RSA
12
84
155
Rourke Van Der Spuy
RSA
13
85
156
Andre de Decker
RSA
14
86