David Horsey starts strongly in Pretoria

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• David Horsey shares Tshwane Open lead after round of 63
• "I'm very pleased with today's work," said the Englishman
• Scotland's Craig Lee starts well and is on three-under 


Englishman David Horsey shot a bogey-free round of 63 to be in a share of the lead after the first round of the Tshwane Open.

The 29-year-old, a three-time winner on the European Tour, was seven-under for the day, alongside Dane Morten Orum Madsen, who was three-under after 16 holes before finishing hole-in-one, eagle.

The pair are one shot clear of Wallie Coetsee and Brett Rumford, while Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin and South African trio Dean Burmester, Keith Horne and Merrick Bremner are all on five-under.

Speaking to the European Tour after his round, David Horsey said: “It’s nice to play golf courses that make you think a bit more than just taking driver on every tee.

“I plotted my way around, because it’s very much a positional golf course. On the whole, I’m very pleased with today’s work.”

David Horsey had alluded to the fact that he liked the look of the course, and tweeted ahead of the first round saying:

David Horsey

Tied with David Horsey at the top, Madsen added: “Today was a great day and I had a lot of fun out there. The hole-in-one was only my second and it’s really special to have one in competition on the European Tour.”

Scotland’s Craig Lee has started well with a three-under par round of 67, four shots behind the co-leaders. An early starter this morning, the 37-year-old is T19 and handily placed heading into the second round.

Scott Jamieson shot a level par round of 70, while Richie Ramsay and Chris Doak are both on two-over. The final Scot in the field, David Drysdale, is a further shot back after a round of 73.

The poor form continued for Matteo Manassero in the first round. The Italian, who hasn’t made the cut in four European Tour events in 2015, went round the Waterkloof course in 75 after four weeks back home practicing.

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