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Louis De Jager Leads Tshwane Open After Round One

Louis De Jager opened with a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead into the second round of the Tshwane Open.

Starting on Pretoria Country Club’s back nine, the 30-year old South African made birdies on Nos. 11, 16, 17, and 18 to turn with the early lead at 4 under.

On his closing nine, though, De Jager carded five-straight pars to settle in with the chasing pack, but a birdie-par-birdie-birdie finish saw the Pretoria resident sign for a low-round 64.

“It is a very nice start. It is nice to go off in the morning and then post a score like that,” said De Jager, who is ranked No. 547 in the world.

“I am very happy with my game. I have been working quite hard on the game so it is nice to see some good results over the last few months.

“For us South Africans this is big, they are all important. Everybody knows without you having to even talk about it and everybody knows what they are playing for. So it just motivates you more.”

At 6-under 65 is another native son, Thomas Aiken, who sits T2 alongside Chilean Felipe Aguilar and America’s Julian Suri.

Two more South Africans, Shaun Norris and Combrinck Smit, were one further back at 5 under, one clear of a logjam of 17 players that sit T7 at 4-under par.


TOP 10

1 Louis de Jager -7
2 Felipe Aguilar -6
2 Thomas Aiken -6
2 Julian Suri -6
5 Shaun Norris -5
5 Combrinck Smit -5
7 17 Players -4


VIDEO: SHOT OF THE DAY

A walk-off eagle on the par-5 9th hole by Finland’s Tapio Pulkkanen to move to 2-under par.

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“For us South Africans this is big, they are all important. Everybody knows without you having to even talk about it and everybody knows what they are playing for. So it just motivates you more.”
– Louis de Jager


Credits: European Tour Media, Getty Images


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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