Horsey’s neck and neck with Madsen

STYAL’S David Horsey shared the lead in the first round of the Tshwane Open with Dennmark’s Morten Ørum Madsen who was an incredible four under par for his last two holes.

David Horsey

David Horsey

Madsen, third in last week’s Africa Open, had a hole-in-one at the short eighth, then carded an eagle from 12 feet at the par five ninth – his last – to set the pace with a seven-under-par 63.

That was matched by England’s Horsey in the afternoon, as the three-time European Tour winner produced a flawless display.

Horsey turned in a three under par 32, and some immaculate iron play on the way in saw him card gains from inside five feet at the 12th, 14th and 17th, as well as holing a 40 foot effort on the 16th.

The leaders were a shot clear of South African Wallie Coetsee – a runner-up in the Joburg Open a fortnight ago – and Australian Brett Rumford.

The highlight of Coetsee’s 64 came when he pitched in for eagle at the 12th, and he chipped in again at the 17th for one of five birdies.

“Today was special,” said Coetsee. “Things went my way but I’m doing something right. These three weeks have been very special.”

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