Scots duo get off to flier in South Africa

Scots George Murray and Alan McLean were in a tie for third place after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

The pair shot six-under-par rounds of 66 on the Leopard Creek course to lie two shots adrift of the joint leaders, England’s Seve Benson and South African Jbe Kruger.

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Murray, joint third in the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews last month, racked up ten birdies, but also had two bogeys and a double bogey on the tenth. McLean holed seven birdies and had just one bogey, a five on the par-4 third.

Pablo Martin’s hopes of an Alfred Dunhill hat-trick, however, lie in ruins. After winning the title on 17 under par in 2009 and then on 11 under last December, the Spaniard opened with a nine over 81. With only two of the 156-strong field scoring worse, it left Martin a massive 17 strokes behind Benson and Kruger.

Of the other Scots in the field, Lloyd Saltman was the best-placed. He shot a two-under 70, with an eagle-3 on the 15th the highlight.