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A day after the US PGA Tour announced they were investing in South African golf development with support for Soweto Country Club’s rebirth, Keenan Davidse made an equally positive statement for the local game.
The Cape golfer opened with an eight-under-par 63 on the par-71 Bushwillow course at Randpark Golf Club to lead a major tri-sanctioned tournament for the first time in his career.
Davidse is one stroke clear at the top of the leaderboard in this Sunshine Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour sanctioned event.
JOHANNESBURG – Keenan Davidse showed he was over the illness that confined him to a hospital bed for four days by shooting an 8-under 63 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Joburg Open.
The 28-year-old South African missed the cut in Mauritius last week as a flu virus ran through his family, and he checked himself into the hospital ahead of the Johannesburg event.
He said he ”didn’t really have any expectations” for the week but rolled in nine birdies on the Bushwillows Course at Randpark Golf Club, five of them coming in his final eight holes.
Among the six players tied for second place were Jared Harvey, Ockie Strydom and Erik van Rooyen – all South Africans.