Fisher off to solid start in Sun City

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Ross Fisher claimed the outright lead after the opening round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City as he fired a six-under 66 to go two clear of the field in South Africa.

Fisher started well and made birdie on the second which ignited his challenge with a superb run of four birdies in five holes.

He played with composure on the hard and fast course and moved further clear after making birdies on the 14th and 15th holes with only one drop shot on the 16th blemishing his otherwise impressive scorecard.

His closes rivals are George Coetzee, Alexander Levy and Marcel Siem who will all be satisfied with their respective rounds of 68.

“I felt like I played pretty solid, I hit some real good shots,” Fisher said after his round in the African sun.

It’s funny listening to how people approach this golf course, some are aggressive, some play the opposite,” said Fisher afterwards.

“I didn’t miss too many fairways and played exactly how I wanted to. One bogey, seven birdies for six-under on this golf course…I’ll definitely take that and run.”

Siem, who made five birdies in six holes around the turn, was also the lucky winner of a brand Volvo when his approach to the 17th green took a fortunate bounce off the fringe and rolled straight into the middle of the cup for an unlikely eagle.

Major champions and home favourites Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen were also two under for the day along with compatriot Tim Clark, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Turkish Airlines Open winner Brooks Koepka.

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