CENTURION, South Africa (AP) -Darren Fichardt birdied four of his last six holes Thursday to shoot a 7-under 65 and hold the clubhouse lead by two strokes in the opening round of the Tshwane Open.
The South African lives only about 10 minutes from the Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate course and is aiming to capture back-to-back tournaments, having won the Africa Open at East London two weeks ago for his fourth European Tour title.
"The swing is good and I'm putting well, and this golf course is awesome - it's very fair," the 93rd-ranked Fichardt said. "Ernie (Els) designed the course and it's in very good condition, especially the greens, which are unbelievable. It's also very long, so to have a good week you're going to need to your driver to perform well.
"It's going to be a great week and I've got some friends and family coming along, so it's nice I can give them something to shout about."
Jeev Milka Singh, Gary Lockerbie and Mark Tullo are next. Simon Dyson, the highest ranked player in the tournament at No. 83, shot a 77.