Cape Town - Justin Walters produced an atypical Justin Walters round on Thursday to grab the first round lead of the Joburg Open which is being played over the East and West Courses of the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.
He carded a seven-under-par 65 on the East Course – players play a round on each course ahead of the cut, after which the final 36 holes are played on the East Course – to lead a bunch of six players on six-under, divided equally between the two courses according to the Sunshine Tour website.
When he had a round during last week’s BMW SA Open championship dotted with too many bogeys, he called it a ‘typical Justin Walters round’.
“Today was a little bit more of what I’m not used to, not as many bogeys and I kept the birdies which is nice,” he said.
“It’s always nice to keep the mistakes off the card, because those birdies, they count.”
Despite his typical round last week, he still finished in a share of fourth in the SA Open, and he was thrilled to take some of that form into this tournament.
“I had a really good week last week and I really wanted to build on that coming into this week and keep the form going, and to be leading so far and to be in a good position, I’m so happy,” he said.
Behind the six in a share of second – Mark Williams of Zimbabwe, the English duo of Anthony Walland David Howell, Michael Jonzon and Johan Carlsson of Sweden, and the South African youngster Haydn Porteous – was another large group of eight players on five-under-par, making things very congested at the top of the leaderboard.
“Both courses, if you play well offers a lot of birdies and generally out of a 200-man field you’re going to 30 or 40 guys that are going to play a good round of golf,” said Walters. “It’s really hard to separate yourself on these two courses, so I expect more of the same over the week.”
Amongst the players on five-under was Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who was runner-up to Brandon Stone in the SA Open. And, in Stone’s group, four-time major champion Ernie Els carded a one-under-par while the newly-crowned national champion went three-under.
-7 - Justin Walters (RSA) 65
-6 - Mark Williams (ZIM) 65, Michael Jonzon (SWE) 66, Anthony Wall (ENG) 65, David Howell (ENG) 65, Haydn Porteous (RSA) 66,Johan Carlsson (SWE) 66
-5 - Rhys Davies (WAL) 66, Jean Hugo (RSA) 67, Ross McGowan (ENG) 67, Jacques Blaauw (RSA) 66, Felipe Aguilar (CHL) 67,Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA) 67, Marcel Siem (GER) 66, Stuart Manley (WAL) 66
-4 - Jaco Ahlers (RSA) 67, Andrew Johnston (ENG) 68, Richard Bland (ENG) 67, Wallie Coetsee (RSA) 67,Joachim B. Hansen (DEN) 68, Jared Harvey (RSA) 67, Ricardo Gouveia (POR) 67, Trevor Fisher Jnr (RSA) 67,Rhys West (RSA) 68, Adilson Da Silva (BRA) 68
-3 - Kevin Phelan (IRL) 68, Max Orrin (ENG) 69, Michael Hollick (RSA) 68, Richard Sterne (RSA) 69, Jason Scrivener (AUS) 69,Justin Harding (RSA) 68, Chris Swanepoel (RSA) 68, Daniel Brooks (ENG) 68, Daniel Im (USA) 69, Andrew Curlewis (RSA) 69,Jason Froneman (RSA) 68, Clement Berardo (FRA) 69
-2 - Jacques Kruyswijk (RSA) 70, Pedro Oriol (ESP) 69, Jens Fahrbring (SWE) 69, Sam Walker (ENG) 69, Bjorn Akesson (SWE) 70,Seve Benson (ENG) 69, Tjaart van der Walt (RSA) 70, Ben Evans (ENG) 69, Darren Fichardt (RSA) 70, Mark Murless (RSA) 69,Bernd Ritthammer (GER) 69, Martin Rominger (SUI) 70, Matthew Carvell (RSA) 69, Laurie Canter (ENG) 69,Makhetha Mazibuko (RSA) 69, Steven Ferreira (RSA) 69, Marco Crespi (ITA) 70, Mark Foster (ENG) 69, Jbe' Kruger (RSA) 70,Vaughn Groenewald (RSA) 69, Morten Orum Madsen (DEN) 70, Graeme Storm (ENG) 69, Paul Lawrie(SCO) 69,Callum Mowat (RSA) 70, Brandon Stone (RSA) 69, Daan Huizing (NED) 70, Erik van Rooyen (RSA) 70, Lasse Jensen(DEN) 69,David Dixon (ENG) 70, Tyrone Mordt (RSA) 69, JJ Senekal (RSA) 69
-1 - Scott Henry (SCO) 71, Daniel Greene (RSA) 70, Ruaidhri McGee (IRL) 71, Chris Hanson (ENG) 70, Michael Hoey (NIR) 71,Craig Lee (SCO) 71, Sebastien Gros (FRA) 70, Christiaan Basson (RSA) 70, Lee Slattery (ENG) 71, Oliver Fisher (ENG) 70,Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 71, Doug McGuigan (SCO) 70, Dimi Papadatos (AUS) 71, Ryan Fox (NZL) 70, Nicolo Ravano (ITA ) 70,Heinrich Bruiners (RSA) 71, Tom Lewis (ENG) 71, Tom Murray (ENG) 70, Zander Lombard (RSA) 71, Dean Burmester (RSA) 71,Jin Jeong (KOR) 70, Paul Dunne (IRL) 71, Tano Goya (ARG) 71, Ernie Els (RSA) 70, Pablo Martin Benavides (ESP) 71,Steve Surry (ENG) 71, Shaun Norris (RSA) 70, Espen Kofstad (NOR) 70, Rourke van der Spuy (RSA) 71, Hugues Joannes (BEL) 70,Dylan Naidoo (AMA) (RSA) 70
Par - Dwayne Basson (RSA) 72, Ryan Tipping (RSA) 71, Francesco Laporta (ITA) 72, Ockie Strydom (RSA) 71,Dylan Frittelli (RSA) 71, Matthew Baldwin (ENG) 71, David Horsey (ENG) 72, George Coetzee (RSA) 72, Grant Veenstra (RSA) 71,Mikael Lundberg (SWE) 71, Tyrone Ryan (RSA) 72, Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 71, CJ du Plessis (RSA) 72,Marcus Kinhult (SWE) 72, Lyle Rowe (RSA) 72, Michiel Bothma (RSA) 71, Louis de Jager (RSA) 71, Jorge Campillo (ESP) 71,Hennie Otto (RSA) 72, Richard McEvoy (ENG) 72, Ryan Evans (ENG) 71, Colin Nel (RSA) 72, Lindani Ndwandwe (RSA) 72,Tyrone Ferreira (RSA) 72, Alex Haindl (RSA) 72
+1 - JC Ritchie (RSA) 73, Divan van den Heever (RSA) 72, Peter Karmis (RSA) 73, PH McIntyre (RSA) 72,Carlos Del Moral (ESP) 73, Bryn Flanagan (RSA) 72, Charl Coetzee (RSA) 73, Derick Petersen (RSA) 72, Jacquin Hess (RSA) 72,John Hahn (USA) 73, Gary Boyd (ENG) 72, Merrick Bremner (RSA) 72, Ulrich van den Berg (RSA) 72, Anthony Michael (RSA) 72,Ruan de Smidt (RSA) 73, Matthew Nixon (ENG) 72, Lukas Nemecz (AUT) 72, Neil Schietekat (RSA) 72
+2 - Kevin Rundle (RSA) 73, Matthew Southgate (ENG) 74, Robert Dinwiddie (ENG) 73, Oliver Bekker (RSA) 73,Bradford Vaughan (RSA) 73, Jamie McLeary (SCO) 73, Jean-Paul Strydom (RSA) 74, Daniel Gaunt (AUS) 74,Andrew Georgiou (CYP) 74, Titch Moore (RSA) 73, Edoardo Molinari (ITA) 74, Simon Dyson (ENG) 74, Renato Paratore (ITA) 74,Steven Jeppesen (SWE) 74, Toby Tree (ENG) 73
+3 - Bradley Neil (SCO) 75, Keenan Davidse (RSA) 74, Warren Abery (RSA) 75, Peter Whiteford(SCO) 75, Terry Pilkadaris (AUS) 75,Matteo Manassero (ITA) 75, Jake Roos (RSA) 75, Petr Dedek (CZE) 75, Jeff Winther (DEN) 75, Gary King (ENG) 75,Callum Shinkwin (ENG) 74, Marco Steyn (AMA) (RSA) 75, Le Roux Ferreira (RSA) 74, James Robinson (ENG) 74,Keith Horne (RSA) 74, Jake Redman (RSA) 74, David Drysdale (SCO) 74, Danie van Tonder (RSA) 74, Trevor Immelman (RSA) 74,Julien Brun (FRA) 74, Nino Bertasio (ITA) 74, Callie Swart (RSA) 74, Thanda Mavundla (RSA) 75
+4 - James Busby (ENG) 75, Theunis Spangenberg (RSA) 76, Garth Mulroy (RSA) 76, Jack Harrison (ENG) 76,Adrian Otaegui (ESP) 75, James du Preez (AMA) (RSA) 76, Gert Myburgh (RSA) 75, Morne Buys (RSA) 76,Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM) 76, Borja Virto Astudillo (ESP) 75
+5 - Dominic Foos (GER) 77, Jaco Van Zyl (RSA) 77, Paul Peterson (USA) 76, Daniel Gavins (ENG) 77,Karabo Mokoena (AMA) (RSA) 77, Nacho Elvira (ESP) 76, Matt Ford (ENG) 77, Ariel Canete (ARG) 77, Jack Senior (ENG) 76,Tyron McComb (RSA) 77
+6 - Jason Viljoen (RSA) 78, Allister de Kock (RSA) 77, Richard Finch (ENG) 78
+7 - Mikhail Tewary (RSA) 79, Desvonde Botes (RSA) 79, Jens Dantorp (SWE) 79
+8 - Breyten Meyer (RSA) 80
+10 - Neezy Thubisi (RSA) 82
+11 - Sipho Bujela (RSA) 82, Omar Sandys (RSA) 82