Schwartzel one off the pace
Malelane - Frenchman Gregory Bourdy held a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Thursday, with a revived Charl Schwartzel one of six players tied for second just behind him.
Bourdy was flawless around Leopard Creek Country Club for a 6-under 66, carding six birdies and no dropped shots to set the early pace.
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A fit-again Schwartzel, who won in Thailand last weekend for his first title since the 2011 Masters, had five birdies and no bogeys in his 5-under 67.
The South African shared second with countrymen Louis de Jager, Oliver Bekker and Darren Fichardt and English pair Steve Webster and Richard Bland.
Branden Grace was in a tie for eighth after his 68, while former British Open champion and world No 5 Louis Oosthuizen struggled to a 73, chiefly because of a quadruple-bogey eight on the third hole - his 12th.
Bourdy has won on South Africa's Sunshine Tour before and has three European Tour titles. He had three birdies on either side of the turn in a smooth start to his week at Leopard Creek in northern South Africa.
Behind him, Schwartzel was beginning to find his 2011 form after struggling for much of this year with a chest injury.
Having powered to an 11-shot win in Bangkok on Sunday, Schwartzel put himself in early contention for back-to-back wins to begin his new season.
"It's a nice start," Schwartzel said. "Whenever you can start off with a 5 under it's good. Like I always say, you can't win on the first day, but you can sure lose it."
Webster, who lost in a playoff in the opening tournament of the new European Tour season last weekend, also went bogey-free in his 5-under 67.
Grace, a four-time winner this year, was tied for eighth on 4 under with Germany's Maximilian Kieffer, England's Graeme Storm and another South African, Mark Williams. Scores (RSA unless otherwise specified):
66 - Gregory Bourdy (FRA)
67 - Louis de Jager, Oliver Bekker, Steve Webster (ENG), Richard Bland (ENG), Darren Fichardt, Charl Schwartzel
68 - Graeme Storm (ENG), Mark Williams, Branden Grace, Maximilian Kieffer (GER)
69 - Ockie Strydom, Richard McEvoy (ENG), Robert Rock (ENG), Oscar Floren (SWE), Tommy Fleetwood (ENG), David Drysdale (SCO), Jaco Van Zyl,Espen Kofstad (NOR), Matthew Baldwin (ENG)
70 - Charl Coetzee, James Kamte, Kristoffer Broberg (SWE), Alejandro Canizares (ESP), Danny Willett (ENG), Peter Lawrie (IRL), Thomas Aiken,Richard Sterne, Peter Uihlein (USA), David Howell (ENG), Christiaan Basson, Estanislao Goya (ARG), Keith Horne, Martin Wiegele (AUT),Tyrone van Aswegen, Richard Finch (ENG), Scott Jamieson (SCO), Matthew Southgate (ENG), JB Hansen (DEN)
71 - Lorenzo Gagli (ITA), Hennie Otto, Garth Mulroy, Andreas Harto (DEN), Jean Hugo, Tyrone Mordt, James Busby (ENG), Doug McGuigan,Bjorn Akesson (SWE), Magnus A Carlsson (SWE), George Coetzee, Mikael Lundberg(SWE), Allan Versfeld
72 - Lyle Rowe, Vaughn Groenewald, Soren Kjeldsen (DEN), David Horsey (ENG), John Parry (ENG), Tjaart van der Walt, Alan McLean (SCO),Joakim Lagergren (SWE), Eduardo de la Riva (ESP), Sam Little (ENG), Niclas Fasth (SWE), Matteo Delpodio (ITA), Alessandro Tadini (ITA), Ulrich van den Berg,Jose Manuel Lara (ESP), Danie van Tonder
73 - Omar Sandys, Andy Sullivan (ENG), Haydn Porteous (AMA), Gary Lockerbie (ENG), Louis Oosthuizen, Jake Roos, Justin Walters,Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Neil Cheetham (ENG), Divan van den Heever, George Murray (SCO), Anton Haig, Marc Warren (SCO), Michiel Bothma,Peter Hedblom (SWE), Shaun Norris, Robert Coles (ENG), Neil Schietekat
74 - Titch Moore, Julien Quesne (FRA), Alexandre Kaleka (FRA), Eddie Pepperell (ENG), Pablo Larrazabal (ESP), Gregory Havret (FRA), Dean O'Riley,Simon Wakefield (ENG), Grant Muller, James Morrison (ENG), Chris Swanepoel, Callum Macaulay (SCO), Michael Jonzon (SWE)
75 - Bennie van der Merwe, Craig Lee (SCO), Martin Maritz, Trevor Fisher Jnr, Mathias Gronberg (SWE), Ryan Cairns (ZIM), Matthew Nixon (ENG),Morten Orum Madsen (DEN), Theunis Spangenberg, Desvonde Botes, George Brown, Bradford Vaughan, Chris Lloyd (ENG), Alex Haindl,Peter Whiteford(SCO), Dominic Foos (GER) (AMA), Ryan Tipping
76 - Matthew Carvell, Bryce Easton, Jorge Campillo (ESP), Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (FRA), Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), Merrick Bremner, Lindani Ndwandwe,Ruan de Smidt, Moritz Lampert (GER), Chris Paisley (ENG), Brandon Pieters, Anthony Snobeck (FRA), JJ Senekal
77 - Christian Cevaer (FRA), Albert Pistorius, Martin du Toit, Michael Hoey (NIR), Andrew Curlewis, Justin Harding, Keenan Davidse
78 - Ignacio Garrido (ESP), Sipho Bujela (AMA), Joshua Cunliffe, Dean Burmester, Thabang Simon, Damien McGrane (IRL), James Kingston,Warren Abery, Jaco Ahlers, Darryn Lloyd
80 - Jake Redman, Scott Henry (SCO), Teboho Sefatsa
81 - Nic Henning
82 - Blanche Lamprecht
83 - David Hewan, Joel Sjoholm (SWE)
85 - Louis Calitz
87 - JG Claassen
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