13 Jan '11, 4pm

Golf: Birdie bonanzas lift South Africans into lead

JOHANNESBURG: Birdie bonanzas lifted South Africans Martin Maritz and Tyrone Mordt to the top of the leaderboard on 62 after the first round of the Joburg Open Thursday. They claimed nine each and neither dropped a shot as the last of four tournaments on the South African leg of the Road to Dubai circuit began in pleasant, partly cloudy conditions. Branden Grace carded a 63 and fellow South African Thomas Aiken and Frenchman Alexandre Kaleka a 64 each on a day when the par-71 Royal Johannesburg and Kensington east and west courses took a pounding. Then comes a traffic jam with eight golfers shooting 65, 13 carding a 66 and 12 returning a 67 ahead of a weekend when thunderstorms threaten to disrupt play. Defending champion and title favourite Charl Schwartzel of South Africa had to settle for a three-under 68 while a triple-birdie finish salvaged a 70 for Darren Clarke of N...

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