Tuesday 21 November 2017

Jamie Donaldson in control in Sun City after delay

Jamie Donaldson of Wales, plays a fairway shot on the sixth hole on the first day at Sun City South Africa
Jamie Donaldson of Wales, plays a fairway shot on the sixth hole on the first day at Sun City South Africa

Wales' Jamie Donaldson stormed into a commanding lead as the weather-delayed Nedbank Golf Challenge looked to get back on schedule at Sun City today.

Donaldson completed a first round of 67 to lie one shot behind leader Sergio Garcia, play resuming at 7:30am after being abandoned for the day on Thursday afternoon after a second thunderstorm hit the course.

But the 38-year-old quickly left Garcia and the rest of the 30-man field trailing in his wake with seven birdies in 14 holes taking him to 11 under par and five shots clear of the chasing pack.

Donaldson picked up shots at the first, second, fourth, eighth and ninth to be out in 31, and although he bogeyed the 10th after taking two shots to escape from a bunker, he soon made amends with further birdies at the 13th and 14th.

American duo Ryan Moore and DA Points, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and South African Charl Schwartzel were sharing second place on six under, Schwartzel delighting the home crowd by chipping in for an eagle on the 10th.

Garcia was two shots further back as he looked to recover from a poor start to his second round, the Ryder Cup star dropping shots on the third, fifth and seventh before making his first birdie of the day on the 10th.

US Open champion Justin Rose was another stroke back on three under as he continued to battle back from being four over after eight holes of his opening round, the Englishman eventually carding an opening 73 and picking up four shots in 10 holes on Friday.

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