Chase Koepka leads by a shot at 7-under 65
Chase Koepka took a one-shot lead over Chris Paisley in the first-round at the BMW SA Open Championship proudly hosted by the city of Ekurhuleni.
The younger brother of 2017 US Open Championship winner Brooks Koepka, posted an eagle on the very second hole of the day, seven birdies, and two bogeys to post the leading score for the day at the Glendower Golf Club.
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Three successive gains from the 12th put Koepka at the top of the leaderboard alongside English pair Chris Paisley and Matt Wallace at six under par and when the World Number 336 birdied the par four 16th, he took the lead.
On the 17th Koepka was left 40 yards short of the green, but a lengthy putt helped him to convert it into a par, he could have easily extended his lead to two shots, but his putt from the fringe missed the left edge of the cup.
Chris Paisley is one-shot short from the leader after taking a midway lead with his round of six-under 66 today. Paisley posted seven birdies and a lone bogey on the par-4 7th but recovered with a birdie on the very next hole.
Bradley Neil is tied for the third position on the board with Branden Grace at 5-under 67, where the Scott was able to go three-under in his first four holes with three back to back birdies on the 2nd, 3rd, and the 4th holes, but dropped his first shot at the next. A run of birdie-double-bogey-eagle from the eighth brought him back to three under par before settling for two more gains at the 13th and 16th to move into third place.
Branden Grace posted two eagles, three birdies, and two bogeys in his round and is still left with eight holes to play for the day.
Matt Wallace who led most part of the day is sitting tied for the sixth place on the board at four-under 68 with his round consisting eight birdies, two bogeys, and a double-bogey on the par-4 9th, and is joined by Jacques Blaauw, Garric Higo, Kyle Mcclatchie, Adrien Saddier, Ulrich Van Den Berg, Jeff Winther, Vaughn Groenewald, and Richard Sterne.