Nicolas Colsaerts leads the Volvo Golf Champions tournament in round one after he birdied nine of the last 11 holes. His nine-under-par 64 is a record for The Links at Fancourt course. After the round he commented; “I can reach most of the par-fives in two so it’s quite a bonus when you get to birdie the par-threes. ” He also sank a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-three second, “pretty much the longest putt I holed all day.”
Nicolas Colsaerts (AFP/Getty Images/File, David Cannon
Twenty one year old Englishman Tom Lewis shot a 68 to be in close contention, along with South Africans Branden Grace and Thomas Aiken. Grace said his round could have been even better.
“I missed a couple of short ones but I kept hitting the ball well and giving myself chances. It will be nice to see how I can follow it up.”
Padraig Harrington got to six under but drove into some trouble on the par-five 18th, He said the tee shot on the last was a mental error, and had ruined what should have been, “a comfortable six-under.” philosophically adding “Such is life.”
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Ernie Els dropped two shots on the first three holes, he then rallied to gain birdies on the last three holes, which enabled him to dip under par to finish at -1. He said about the day, “I played here I think about eight to ten times through the December holiday, making six, seven, eight birdies with my mates but it’s different when you are playing competitive golf. I’m glad I got it under par and I’m not out of the tournament.”