South African Nic Henning leads the Jo’Burg Open following his record breaking first round.
Nic Henning carded a record breaking first round of -10 under par 62 to lead the Jo’Burg Open on the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s West Course.
Nic has won four times on the co-sanctioning Sunshine Tour between 1999 and 2005, and looks set to challenge again, with five birdies and an eagle two in a remarkable outward nine of 29. He was obviously elated;
“It was fantastic, I haven’t shot 29 for a couple of years, and I was a bit nervous coming down the last hole.”
“On the last hole of the front stretch I told myself that I had to make birdie and eventually I did that.”
“I’ve been playing well for the last few months, but my scores haven’t showed it. Over the last few years my scores have been really terrible and it’s nice to have a good round under the belt to prove to myself that I can still play well.
“It’s been a long time since I shot 62. I’ll try to do the same thing as I did today, just try to stay calm. I was calm today.”
“I’ll try to hit fairways and put myself in a good position. It’s about staying in the moment and taking every shot as it is.”
Tied in second place are Thomas Pieters, Titch Moore and Tjaart van der Walt, one shot back at -9 under par, in a low scoring day in South Africa.
Thomas was happy to make a good start to the competition;
“It was a good day and a good start.”
“You need to make a good score on this course, so I’m happy and hopefully we’ll have more of the same tomorrow.”
“It’s very possible to go low on East. The par fives are very reachable for me, so I’m going to take advantage of those.”
“This season I gave myself a great chance in Abu Dhabi. I also had a top-ten at Leopard Creek, but I wasn’t really in contention.”
“In the Middle East I played good, but had one bad round in there. If I can play four solid rounds then hopefully a win will come soon.”
The newly appointed European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke birdied his last two holes on the East Course for a level par 72.