SUN CITY – Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger birdied three of his last five holes to record a five-under-par 67 for a one-shot lead after the first round of the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City on Thursday.
In all, Wiesberger made eight birdies to go with three bogeys on a day of tough scoring on the Gary Player Country Club layout.
Four players, namely local hope Branden Grace, Julian Suri of the US, Scott Jamieson of Scotland and France’s Victor Dubuisson, were a shot back at four-under-par.
Charl Schwartzel was a further shot adrift at three-under, having mixed four birdies with a lone bogey at 18.
Defending champion Alex Noren enjoyed another good round of golf after shooting 63 on Sunday a year ago to win the tournament.
He, too, was at three-under-par after a steady round that included just two birdies, an eagle at the 10th and a bogey at 17.
Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen threatened the lead at one stage after turning in 33, following an eagle at the second and a birdie at the sixth, and he followed that up with another birdie at the par-five 10th.
But while he also birdied the 15th, Oosthuizen made four bogeys on the back nine, at 11, 13, 16 and 17.