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Coetzee surges before play halted in Joburg 02-23-2017
George Coetzee was 5-under through 13 holes in his first round at the Joburg Open and four behind clubhouse leader Paul Peterson before play was suspended for the day due to a waterlogged course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club in South Africa. Heavy rains had already hampered the build-up to this week's European Tour event, causing the cancellation of Tuesday's Pro-Am, and further downpours in the afternoon session left 103 players still to complete their rounds. Coetzee, the 2014 winner here, was T7 on the leaderboard after ticking five birdies. They all came on his opening nine on the tougher South Course as Coetzee circled red at 1, 4, 6, 8 and 9 before adding four pars after the turn. Play is set to resume at 6.45am local time Friday morning.
Eagle helps Langasque open with 65 in Joburg 02-23-2017
Romain Langasque
Romain Langasque posted an eagle and four birdies in a 6-under-par 32-33=65 in round one of the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, good enough for T4 on the live leaderboard and just three swings behind leader Paul Peterson. The French rookie was playing the easier West Course today and, somewhat unusually, didn't tick any of the par 71's 11 par 4s. Instead he made a trio of birdies on the par 3s at 8, 13 and 16 and played the par 5s in 3-under. That was courtesy of a birdie at No. 2 and, the highlight of his round, an eagle-3 at the par-5 9th hole. Langasque is making his tournament debut but has already shown up well in one of the European Tour's trips to South Africa with T21 in the SA Open. That's part of a perfect 4-for-4 start this season which also features T10 at the Aussie PGA, T39 in Abu Dhabi and T37 in Qatar. Presuming he makes the cut, he'll now play three rounds at the tougher par-72 East Course.
Waring finds spark on return to Joburg Open 02-23-2017
Paul Waring
Paul Waring has some impressive form in the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club and put himself on the leaderboard again after nine birdies in an opening 7-under-par 32-33=65. That's just two swings behind American Paul Peterson although Waring compiled his score on the tougher East Course which the leader will play tomorrow. Waring was T9 on his debut in this event in 2008 and has added T16 (2013) and T13 (2015) on his last two appearances. He'd returned this year for his seventh start in the tournament after a trio of missed cuts on the Desert Swing although the 32-year-old was quick to put that poor form behind him. The Englishman birdied the 1st hole today before adding three straight at 4, 5 and 6. He picked up another shot at 8 before a minor wobble when going bogey-birdie-bogey at Nos. 12-14. The birdies kept coming though and he signed off with a further trio at 15, 17 and 18 to record his lowest ever round in the event. He'll look to build on this fast start with another strong lap at the easier West Course on Friday.
Peterson off to a flyer; leads Joburg with 62 02-23-2017
Paul Peterson
Paul Peterson blitzed Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club's West Course for a bogey-free 9-under-par 31-31=62 in round one of the Joburg Open on Thursday, good enough for a two-shot clubhouse lead after the morning session. The American made the big breakthrough on the European Tour with victory at last summer's D+D REAL Czech Masters after a 64-67 weekend finish. He went two lower than that Saturday round after pouring in four birdies in his final five holes (14, 15, 16 and 18) today. The left-hander was already 5-under by that point having started fast with circles at 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 on his outward half. Right now, he leads by two from English duo Paul Waring and Aaron Rai. Peterson withdrew after a 77 in his opener at this event last year but the straight-hitting 28-year-old has been in decent form with T29 in Malaysia and T28 at the Qatar Masters on his last two starts. He'll now head to the tougher East Course for his second round.