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Locals dominate Joburg leaderboard
26 Feb 2015 16:04
South Africa's Nic Henning claimed a narrow lead after the opening round of the Joburg Open as home players dominated the top of the leaderboard at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.
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Henning carding a nine-under-par 62 on the West Course - equalling the course record - to finish one shot ahead of compatriots Titch Moore and Tjaart van der Walt, as well as Belgium's Thomas Pieters.
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Dean Burmester and Garth Mulroy were a shot further back on seven under to make it five South Africans in the top seven, with Scotland's Scott Henry and English pair Sam Hutsby and Simon Dyson part of an eight-strong group on six under.
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Of the Irish involved; Peter Lawrie is best placed on five under after a 66, with Kevin Phelan four under, Gareth Maybin three under, while Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke had a day to forget and is tied in 114th place.
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Clarke had to birdie the last two holes for a level-par 72 on the East Course after a front nine of 39 which featured four birdies, two double bogeys, two bogeys and just one par.
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Clarke has not recorded a top-10 finish on the European Tour since winning the Open Championship in 2011.
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