Magical Kenya Open - R1

Singh Brar on song in Kenya

March 14-17
Karen Country Club, Nairobi, Kenya
€1,100,000
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Jack Singh Brar soared up the leaderboard with a late birdie blitz to take a share of the first-round lead alongside Louis de Jager at the Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa.

Singh Brar on song in Kenya, © Getty Images

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The Englishman, who is a European Tour rookie after graduating from the Challenge Tour last season, produced a stunning eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie finish to sign for a bogey-free seven under par round of 64 in Nairobi.

“Through the round I got up and down when I needed to and then I was five under through my last four – a great way to finish the round.

“It was my first time at this course, and I like it here. The course is quite fiery, and you can hit a lot of low run shots, which is my stock shot, and that worked out perfectly as it can go miles with the altitude.

“It is very different to a lot of the courses that we play, it's quite quirky, and that is something which has suited me in the past – I won at a course on the Challenge Tour in France which is similar to here."

Despite windy conditions at Karen Country Club, South Africa's de Jager also shined in the Kenyan sun, bagging seven birdies and an eagle to join Singh Brar at the top of the leaderboard.

“I have been hitting it really well over the past two weeks and I did that again today, but just managed to hole a few putts too.

“It is always nice to be back in Africa, and when we came here on Tuesday, I felt right at home on my home continent and it felt very similar with the altitude to Pretoria which is home for me. I also played here last year on the Sunshine Tour, so I feel that I know the course quite well.

“It was a lot windier today than I am used to here, so to come away with the score that I did was really satisfying.”

One shot off the lead is India's Gaganjeet Bhullar. The European Tour winner is well-placed to contend again after 18 holes thanks to a blemish-free 65 on his first start in the Kenyan capital.

“I gave myself a lot of good opportunities and I kept the ball in play the whole day and putted well.

“To make six birdies and remain bogey-free in testing conditions felt great, even though I felt I left a couple out there.”


Two off the top are Spanish rookie Adri Arnaus and five-time European Tour champion Michael Hoey, while in-form Christian Bezuidenhout – who finished as a runner-up in Qatar last week – leads a pack of seven players who sit three shots off the pace.

“I have played a lot in Africa so I am really used to the altitude here," said Hoey, "I know how far the ball is going and my caddy was really good today.

“I judged the wind really well as it was quite tricky today. It is very similar to Joburg and I think having that experience will work to my advantage this week.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
Today
R1
T1
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-7
64
T1
Louis De Jager
RSA
-7
64
3
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-6
65
T4
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-5
66
T4
Michael Hoey
NIR
-5
66
T6
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
-4
67
T6
Hugo Leon
CHI
-4
67
T6
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-4
67
T6
Josh Geary
NZL
-4
67
T6
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-4
67
T6
Liam Johnston
SCO
-4
67
T6
Romain Langasque
FRA
-4
67
13
Simon Ngige
KEN
-3
68
T14
Jack Senior
ENG
-2
69
T14
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-2
69
T14
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-2
69
T14
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
69
T14
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-2
69
T14
David Boote
WAL
-2
69
T14
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-2
69
T14
Max Schmitt
GER
-2
69
T14
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
-2
69
15
Dismas Indiza Anyonyi
KEN
-2
69
T24
Clement Sordet
FRA
-1
70
T24
William Liu
CHN
-1
70
T24
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-1
70
T24
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
70
T24
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-1
70
T24
Hugues Joannes
BEL
-1
70
T24
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
-1
70
T24
Kim Koivu
FIN
-1
70
T24
Justin Harding
RSA
-1
70
T24
Marcel Schneider
GER
-1
70
T24
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-1
70
T24
David Cooke
USA
-1
70
T24
Oliver Farr
WAL
-1
70
T37
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
Par
71
T37
Antoine Rozner
FRA
Par
71
T37
Darius van Driel
NED
Par
71
T37
John Catlin
USA
Par
71
T37
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
Par
71
T37
Stuart Manley
WAL
Par
71
T37
Calum Hill
SCO
Par
71
T37
Espen Kofstad
NOR
Par
71
T37
Philipp Mejow
GER
Par
71
T37
Lasse Jensen
DNK
Par
71
T37
Connor Syme
SCO
Par
71
T37
Marcel Siem
GER
Par
71
T37
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
71
T37
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
Par
71
T37
Ivan Cantero
ESP
Par
71
T37
Justus Madoya
KEN
Par
71
T37
Chris Lloyd
ENG
Par
71
T54
Adrien Saddier
SCO
1
72
T54
Deyen Lawson
AUS
1
72
T54
Jamie Abbott
ENG
1
72
T54
Tony Omuli
KEN
1
72
T54
Ben Evans
ENG
1
72
T54
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
1
72
T54
Oliver Wilson
ENG
1
72
T54
Emilio Cuartero
ESP
1
72
T54
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
1
72
T54
Sean Crocker
USA
1
72
T54
Daan Huizing
NED
1
72
T54
Alexander Knappe
GER
1
72
T54
Nick Cullen
AUS
1
72
T54
Niklas Lemke
SWE
1
72
T54
Joel Girrbach
SWE
1
72
T54
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
1
72
T54
Tom Murray
ENG
1
72
T54
Bryce Easton
RSA
1
72
T54
George Coetzee
RSA
1
72
T54
Maarten Lafeber
NED
1
72
T54
Khalin Joshi
IND
1
72
T75
David Borda
ESP
2
73
T75
Sebastien Gros
FRA
2
73
T75
Steven Tiley
ENG
2
73
T75
Daniel Gavins
ENG
2
73
T75
Edwin Mudanyi
KEN
2
73
T75
Nick Mccarthy
ENG
2
73
T75
Steven Brown
ENG
2
73
T75
Matteo Manassero
ITA
2
73
T75
Per Laengfors
SWE
2
73
T75
Pep Angles
ESP
2
73
T75
Scott Vincent
ZWE
2
73
T75
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
2
73
T75
Laurie Canter
ENG
2
73
T75
Henric Sturehed
SWE
2
73
T75
Ho-Sung Choi
KOR
2
73
T75
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
2
73
T75
Greg Snow
KEN
2
73
T75
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
2
73
T75
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
2
73
T75
Martin Leth Simonsen
DEN
2
73
T95
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
3
74
T95
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
3
74
T95
Renato Paratore
ITA
3
74
T95
Craig Ross
SCO
3
74
T95
David Wakhu
KEN
3
74
T95
Duncan Stewart
SCO
3
74
T95
Max Orrin
ENG
3
74
T95
Simon Forsstroem
SWE
3
74
T95
David Odhiambo
KEN
3
74
T95
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
74
T95
Ross McGowan
ENG
3
74
T95
Clement Berardo
FRA
3
74
T95
Nelson Simwa
KEN
3
74
T95
Oscar Lengden
SWE
3
74
T109
Christian Braeunig
GER
4
75
T109
Ugo Coussaud
FRA
4
75
T109
Marco Iten
SWE
4
75
T109
Chris Hanson
ENG
4
75
T109
Ryan Evans
ENG
4
75
T109
Borja Virto
ESP
4
75
T109
Ben Stow
ENG
4
75
T109
Joseph Dean
ENG
4
75
T109
Samuel Chege
KEN
4
75
T109
Mathieu Fenasse
FRA
4
75
T109
Gregory Havret
FRA
4
75
T109
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
4
75
T109
Seung-Su Han
KOR
4
75
T122
Daniel Nduva
KEN
5
76
T122
Kibugu Mutahi
KEN
5
76
T122
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
5
76
T122
Johannes Veerman
USA
5
76
T122
David Opati
KEN
5
76
T122
Matthew Jordan
ENG
5
76
T122
Nico Geyger
CHI
5
76
T122
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
5
76
T130
Bradley Mogire
KEN
6
77
T130
Raphael De Sousa
CHE
6
77
T130
Martin Wiegele
AUT
6
77
T130
Phillip Kasozi
UGA
6
77
T134
Scott Fernandez
ESP
7
78
T134
Riz Charania
KEN
7
78
T134
Erick Obura
KEN
7
78
T137
Alfred Nandwa
KEN
8
79
T137
C.J Wangai
KEN
8
79
T139
Jacob Okello
KEN
9
80
T139
Jeff Winther
SWE
9
80
141
Scott Gregory
ENG
10
81
T142
Robin Dawson
IRL
12
83
T142
Mike Kisia
KEN
12
83
RET
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
Par
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