South African Open R1

Bezuidenhout in six-way tie for lead in Sun City

December 03-06
Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa
R19,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who won last week’s event at Leopard Creek, is one of four home favourites in a six-way tie for the lead of the South African Open after the opening round in Sun City.


Bezuidenhout has had success in his home country this year with two European Tour wins at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in February and last week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship.

He continued his good form on Thusday, starting his round on the back nine with back-to-back birdies then making four more before losing some momentum and making a bogey at the par-3 3rd for a 67.



“I got off to a nice start this morning, turned in five under par. I birdied the tenth as well to get to six under par and then just from there the putter all of a sudden went cold. I just couldn’t make putts coming in.

“I was hitting it nicely, gave myself quite a few chances so the hitting is there. Hopefully I can keep on rolling it well over the next few days.

“Overall I’m pleased with my start and hopefully I can keep it up over the next few days.”


Tied with him are fellow South Africans Ruan Korb, Jacques Kruyswijk and Dean Burmester, Italian Aron Zemmer and Austria’s Matthias Schwab.

Burmester took the early lead at 6-under after firing a trio of birdies at the 3rd, 4th and 5th before closing with his second bogey at the 9th and dropping back into a share of the lead.

“If you gave it [a 67] to me before I teed off I would have taken it.”

Kruyswijk made seven birdies and two bogeys for his share of the lead.

“It really means a lot. It’s been a hard few months for me. After lockdown I suffered a bit of a back injury which put me out for a few months.

“The confidence was very low the last few events. It’s just one of those situations where you sort of stick to your process and just push through a little bit and I’m very happy with my round today.”



Schwab, Bezuidenhout, Kruyswijk and Burmester started in the morning and made the most of the early scoring conditions. Afternoon starters Korb and Zemmer had stronger winds to contend with.

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Schwab made the turn in 33 and drained a 20-foot eagle putt at the first to reach 5-under.

“I came off a nice birdie on my ninth hole of the day and then hit a good drive, hit a good four iron to, I’d say 18 feet and then holed the putt.

“It was a pretty straightforward eagle so that was nice for me.”

Korb, who won the Sunshine Tour’s Time Square Casino Challenge last month, started on the back nine and made six birdies in seven holes and a single bogey at the par-4 8th.

“It’s been a lovely day for me. I played pretty well. Actually I hit only one poor shot there on the 17th and it cost me just one single drop but I managed to just keep calm.”


Zemmer also made six birdies and a single bogey at the par-4 14th to join the top of the leaderboard.

“I’m very pleased with my score today. In the afternoon we had quite a lot of wind so I’m pretty happy with how I played.”



Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-5
67
T1
Dean Burmester
-5
67
T1
Ruan Korb
-5
67
T1
Jacques Kruyswijk
-5
67
T1
Matthias Schwab
-5
67
T1
Aron Zemmer
-5
67
T7
Dylan Frittelli
-4
68
T7
Matthieu Pavon
-4
68
T9
Wilco Nienaber
-3
69
T9
Neil Schietekat
-3
69
T9
Toby Tree
-3
69
T9
Justin Walters
-3
69
T13
Jaco Ahlers
-2
70
T13
Oliver Bekker
-2
70
T13
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-2
70
T13
Stephen Ferreira
-2
70
T13
Scott Jamieson
-2
70
T13
JC Ritchie
-2
70
T13
Martin Rohwer
-2
70
T13
Mj Viljoen
-1
71
T13
Hennie du Plessis
-2
70
T22
Austin Bautista
-1
71
T22
Luke Brown
-1
71
T22
Aaron Cockerill
-1
71
T22
Jamie Donaldson
-1
71
T22
James Kingston
-1
71
T22
David Law
-1
71
T28
Richard Bland
E
72
T28
Jonathan Caldwell
E
72
T28
MJ Daffue
E
72
T28
Benjamin Follett-Smith
E
72
T28
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
E
72
T28
Daan Huizing
E
72
T28
Nicolai Højgaard
E
72
T28
Peter Karmis
E
72
T28
Jbe Kruger
E
72
T28
Pablo Larrazabal
E
72
T28
Joost Luiten
E
72
T28
Ross McGowan
E
72
T28
Robin Roussel
E
72
T28
Cormac Sharvin
E
72
T28
Julian Suri
E
72
T28
Steve Surry
E
72
T28
Connor Syme
E
72
T28
Ulrich Van den berg
E
72
T28
Scott Vincent
E
72
T47
David Boote (a)
1
73
T47
George Coetzee
1
73
T47
Adilson Da silva
1
73
T47
Bryce Easton
1
73
T47
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
1
73
T47
Julien Guerrier
1
73
T47
Casey Jarvis
1
73
T47
Christian Maas
1
73
T47
Anthony Michael
1
73
T47
Dylan Mostert
1
73
T47
Michael G. Palmer
1
73
T47
Jesper Sandborg
1
73
T47
Jayden Schaper
1
73
T47
Brandon Stone
1
73
T47
Rourke van Der Spuy
1
73
T62
Jacques Blaauw
2
74
T62
Matias Calderon
2
74
T62
Ruan Conradie
2
74
T62
Oliver Farr
2
74
T62
Darren Fichardt
2
74
T62
Deon Germishuys
2
74
T62
Anton Haig
2
74
T62
Jean Hugo
2
74
T62
Jake Redman
2
74
T62
Ricardo Santos
2
74
T62
Shubhankar Sharma
2
74
T62
Marcel Siem
2
74
T62
Ockie Strydom
2
74
T75
Kyle De Beer
3
75
T75
Louis De Jager
3
75
T75
Rhys Enoch
3
75
T75
Philip Eriksson
3
75
T75
Fredrik From
3
75
T75
Gregory Havret
3
75
T75
Anton Karlsson
3
75
T75
Richard McEvoy
3
75
T75
Malcolm Mitchell
3
75
T75
Siyanda Mwandla
3
75
T75
Andre Nel
3
75
T75
Shaun Norris
3
75
T75
Benjamin Poke
3
75
T75
Garrick Porteous
3
75
T75
Yurav Premlall
3
75
T75
Alvaro Quiros
3
75
T75
Richard Sterne
3
75
T75
Jaco Van zyl
3
75
T75
Johannes Veerman
3
75
T94
Keenan Davidse
4
76
T94
David Drysdale
4
76
T94
Jordan Duminy
4
76
T94
Pedro Figueiredo
4
76
T94
Lorenzo Gagli
4
76
T94
Daniel Greene
4
76
T94
Keith Horne
4
76
T94
James Kamte
4
76
T94
Christo Lamprecht
4
76
T94
Thriston Lawrence
4
76
T94
Stanislav Matus
4
76
T94
Adrian Meronk
4
76
T94
Dylan Naidoo
4
76
T94
Hennie Otto
4
76
T94
Haydn Porteous
4
76
T94
Ben Stow
4
76
T94
Jean-Paul Strydom
4
76
T94
Cj du Plessis
4
76
T94
Darius van Driel
4
76
T94
Lars van Meijel
4
76
T114
Trevor Fisher Jr
5
77
T114
Calum Hill
5
77
T114
Makhetha Mazibuko
5
77
T114
David Ravetto (a)
5
77
T114
Adrien Saddier
5
77
T114
Jj Senekal
5
77
T114
Toto Thimba Jr.
5
77
T121
Christiaan Basson
6
78
T121
David Dixon
6
78
T121
Teaghan Gauche
5
77
T121
Clinton Grobler
6
78
T121
James Hart du Preez
6
78
T121
Zander Lombard
6
78
T121
Ryan Lumsden (a)
6
78
T121
Carlos Pigem
6
78
T121
Jaco Prinsloo
6
78
T121
Jake Roos
6
78
T121
Samuel Simpson
6
78
T121
Tristen Strydom
6
78
T121
Daniel van Tonder
6
78
T134
Chris Cannon
7
79
T134
Estiaan Conradie
7
79
T134
Alex Haindl
7
79
T134
Joel Sjoholm
7
79
T134
Dale Whitnell
7
79
T139
Ruan De Smidt
8
80
T139
Luke Jerling
8
80
T139
Massimo Mbetse
8
80
T139
Leon Vorster
8
80
T139
Mitch Waite
8
80
T144
Yikeun Chang
9
81
T144
Garrick Higgo
9
81
T144
Nikhil Rama
9
81
T144
Robbie van West
9
81
T148
Merrick Bremner
10
82
T148
Allister De Kock
10
82
T148
Janne Kaske
10
82
T148
Callum Mowat
10
82
T148
Leon Visser
10
82
153
Adriel Poonan
12
84
154
Thabiso Ngcobo
14
86
155
Romano Saincic
18
90
WD
David Howell
5