Grace hunting more SA golf glory


That group contains overnight leaders Branden Grace and Chase Koepka, Zimbabwe's Scott Vincent, and Retief Goosen, the two-time U.S. Open champion who hasn't won a professional tournament since 2009. He had played 13 through 17 in 7-under during the opening two laps; on Saturday he scratched par at every one of those holes and did so at 11, 12 and 18 too.

The Frenchman was in new territory when he shared the 36-hole lead, never before having been in the top five at halfway on the European Tour.

Branden Grace scored three eagles in a seven-under-par 65 for a share of the lead after the South African Open's first round.

Both Saddier and Paisley are seeking their first wins on the European Tour and hold a four-shot lead over South African Jacques Kruyswijk (67), who is alone in third on nine under-par.

"At the moment it is weird - I feel like I did not play wonderful golf. I'm just really excited about it". I was quite aggressive with the three-wood and I managed to knock it about 25 feet and managed to roll in the putt.

Defending champion Graeme Storm of England, who pipped golf superstar Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland in a play-off a year ago to win the second oldest national championship after the British Open, carded a 75.

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Paisley dropped a shot at 13 after finding water, but more than compensated for that slip with eight birdies, six of them during the second nine.

"I'm sure the crowd is going to be on his side", Paisley said.

The South African is still revelling in his Nedbank Golf Challenge victory last November, and he displayed similar form when he eagled the par-five second, eighth and 15th holes at Glendower in a round that also included three birdies and two bogeys.

After four front-nine birdies, he picked up three more during the inward trek but also bogeyed a couple of holes.

South Africa's Darren Fichardt is a shot further back after surging through the field with a brilliant 64 which featured eight birdies in the last 12 holes.