Joakim Lagergren shoots best round since Spring to take lead

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Investec South African Open Championship R1
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November 30, 2023
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Joakim Lagergren carded a bogey-free 7-under par 65 at the Blair Atholl Golf & Equestrian Estate to take a one-shot lead at the Investec South African Open Championship.

The Swede suferred an ankle injury in the summer and finished 170th in the Race to Dubai leading to a sixth visit to Q School where he was unsuccessful at regaining his Tour card. He is playing the Opening Swing on a medical exemption and Thursday's round was his lowest since March.

"Golf was fun today. It is a tough course, it's long so to shoot seven under around here, I'm very pleased with that.

"We had a par-three today which [was] 240 metres, I'm not sure if I've experienced that before. It is long, you very rarely get wedges into par fours.

"If you're playing well, you're going to hit a lot of greens so it's pretty good to have control with the putter. Lag putting is going to play a huge part this week when you're going to hit a lot of greens but be maybe 20 metres way. I did that well today.

"It feels like it's been a while since I've been in contention so I'm looking forward to it."

Blair Atholl is the longest course in DP World Tour history and features five par-5s, four of which are over 600 yards.

South Africa's Casey Jarvis signed for a 66 to take solo second place one ahead of compatriots Louis de Jager and Javan Rebula as well as Englnd's Andy Sullivan.

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Investec South African Open Championship 2023

Date: November 30th - 3rd 2023

Location: Blair Atholl Golf & Equestrian Estate, Lanseria, Johannesburg, South Africa

Purse: $1,500,000

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