Round 1 play at the Joburg Open was suspended, due to a waterlogged Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, in South Africa. Paul Peterson leads the tournament, which will restart at 0645 on Friday.
Paul, from the USA, completed his opening round at the Joburg Open, and sits at the top of the leaderboard, after carding -9 under par 63, with a new putter in his bag;
“It was fun out there today, birdieing half of the holes is never bad and bogey-free to match, so I felt really good out there.”
“I got into a nice rhythm and I put a new putter in play this week. It proved to be a good first round with it so I’m really happy.”
“Thankfully we were in the fairway a lot, ball in hand always nice but I feel like I’ve been playing really well the last few weeks and I feel like a round like this has been building, so to have it happen sooner than I thought is great.”
“I’m feeling like I’m in a good place right now.”
Aaron Rai and Paul Waring, both from England, share second place two shots back at -7 under par after rounds of 65.
There seems to be some confusion about the scoring from this tournament, as it has been reported that Paul Peterson shot -9 under 62, which would make it a par 71 course. But Aaron and Paul Waring have scores of -7 under 65, a par 72. The East Course, which they played is usually a 6940 yard par 72. So did Paul Peterson really card a -9 under 63?
I have received information that the West Course is being played as a par 71 this week. So -9 under 62 is correct for Paul Peterson.
Aaron Rai and Paul Waring both carded -7 under 65 on the East Course, which is paying at it’s usual par 72.
Things should level out after the second round.