Henrik Stenson and Jaco Van Zyl are the first round leaders in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.
Henrik and Jaco both fired -6 under par 66 to lead the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.
You would not have guessed Henrik was recovering from a bout of flu;
“I’ve been in bed with the flu for three days, and after I had to pull out of the pro-am on Tuesday I probably had a five per cent chance of playing.”
“I felt quite a bit better this morning and the doctor didn’t see any reason why I couldn’t play.”
“I’m delighted with the score but the last few holes I completely ran out of energy. From the 14th onwards my legs were like jelly and it was a real struggle.”
“I missed a couple of chances coming in but I would have taken one under standing on the first tee, so I’m very happy.”
Jaco was nervous at the start, but settled down to record a miserly 27 putts;
“It’s a great honor and privilege to be here.”
“I watch two events on TV each year, the Masters and this, so waking up this morning, instead of making sure the beers and the biltong were ready, I had to make sure my shoes were polished and my clubs were clean and go to work.”
“On the first tee I could feel my heart beating in my throat. It didn’t slow down for the first three holes but I managed to pick up a couple of quick birdies early on which settled the nerves a bit.”
“I hit ten out of fourteen fairways, and a couple I missed weren’t in trouble, just in the first cut.”
“There were a couple of short irons into par fours that I would’ve liked to get a bit closer, but the main thing is the 27 putts.
“Tomorrow I’m going to come out and enjoy every single moment.”
“It really is a thrill to be here. As a South African, it’s phenomenal to be part of this.”
Danny Willett, who was second to Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai recently, claimed third place. His opening first round score -5 under par 67 proving he still has the desire to go out and try to win.