Kruger shines at home

Fri 09 Jan 2015

Kruger shines at home

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January 9: Former Asian Tour winner Jbe Kruger of South Africa enjoying a promising start to his home campaign when he posted a six-under-par 66 to share the first round lead with England's Andy Sullivan at the South African Open Championship on Thursday.
Kruger, who won the Avantha Masters in 2012, marked his card with a blemish free card highlighted by six birdies and expressed his delight in his resurgence in form especially after the festive break.
“I think this is probably the perfect start. When you have a couple of weeks off you can’t ask for better start just to get the confidence back up and going. I think this is probably the biggest one you can win as a South African," said Kruger.
Asian Tour honorary member and home favourite Erne Els carded a 67 to lurk closely behind the leaders in a share of third place with compatriot Richard Sterne and Denmark's Lasses Jensen at Glendower Golf Club in his native Ekurhuleni.
Starting on the back-nine, the 45-year-old recovered from a bogey on 12 with birdies on 13, 14 and 16 to turn in 34.
He picked up further gains on the second and fifth holes and  finished his round in style with a superb iron shot to two feet on the ninth for a closing birdie.
"I was a little nervous here and there but it was so nice to play Glendower in front of my home crowd. We have had a nice start now and I want to keep it up, get better on the greens a little more and see where we end up," said Els.
Sweden's Rikard Karlberg, a three-time Asian Tour winner, meanwhile signed for a 70 to take a share of 15th place.
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