Horne hits the front on home soil

Fri 13 Jan 2017

Horne hits the front on home soil


January 13:

South Africa’s Keith Horne enjoyed a promising start on home soil when he posted an opening six-under-par 66 to share the first round lead with compatriot Trevor Fisher Jnr at the BMW SA Open hosted by City of Ekurhuleni on Thursday.
The Asian Tour member mixed his card with seven birdies against a lone bogey on the par-five 15 to take a one-shot lead over World Number Two Rory McIlroy, England’s Jordan L Smith as well as compatriots Thomas Aiken, Dean Burmester and Jbe Kruger at the European Tour event.

“I hit my irons beautifully today and I putted well. You know my putting hasn’t been great and today was nice. I made two relatively long putts today which for me is very good and the rest of them were just sort of four-footers, so it was a good day overall as far as my putting, my irons and my short-game is concerned,” said Horne.

While Horne has hit the front after the first day at the Glendower Golf Club, he is hoping to drive his balls a lot better so as to continue keeping himself in contention.

“I really struggled with the driver today and I think if I’m going to be in contention on the weekend, I am going to have to sort out my game off the tee box. I hit four fairways today and I doubled my putt on 16 and 18 coming in – so it was a bit of a struggle but like I said, my irons and my putting kept me in today,” said Horne.