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Friday, 19 March 2010
Mercedes-Benz Championship - Round Three  (Getty Images)
Mercedes-Benz Championship - Round Three (Getty Images)

South African James Kingston will not forget the start of the new European Tour season in a hurry.

Kingston, back on home soil, birdied the first five holes of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.

Winner of the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Germany in September and a former South African Open champion, the 44 year old added a sixth birdie at the 18th.

He was joined on six under by compatriot Charl Schwartzel – who eagled the par five second.

One off the pace during the early exchanges were The 3 Irish Open winner Shane Lowry, Swede Pelle Edberg and France’s Gregory Bourdy.

Three-time winner of the event Ernie Els was among the afternoon starters.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MARTIN BENAVIDES, PabloESP18-17
2SCHWARTZEL, CharlRSA18-16
3HANSEN, AndersDEN18-14
T4MAYBIN, GarethNIR18-12
T4STERNE, RichardRSA18-12
T4ROCK, RobertENG18-12
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