Thursday, 07 December 2017
Morrison happy with his fast start

Keenan Davidse fired an eight under par 63 to hold the first-round lead at the Joburg Open.

Here, we take a look at what some of his nearest challengers had to say following their first rounds.

James Morrison (64, -7 - Bushwillow)

"I'm very happy. I played very well from start to finish. I had a really good three ball and we ticked along really well. We got lucky because we didn't get any rain until the 18th fairway. The course is softer as compared to when I played on Monday, that's the way it is with the storms we have here. Fingers crossed the rain will stay away from us. My game is in really good shape, my brain is in good shape which is the main thing in this game. I finished top ten in Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago. This game is a silly game, you never know when it is going to happen so you have to keep playing well and giving your best shot the whole time."

Matthew Baldwin (64, -7 - Bushwillow)

"I'm very pleased. It was nice playing first thing this morning. I got off to a good start with a pair of threes. We had a spell where there was quite heavy rain playing the third, but other than that, it's been pretty good. It was great getting two eagles. To start with an eagle is very nice and then to follow it up on 12 was a good feeling. I'll just keep doing what I'm doing when I take on Firethorn tomorrow. Unfortunately, I didn't play last week in Mauritius, but hopefully this week I can make amends. Getting a spot in the Open would be nice but I'll take things one day at a time."

Sebastian Heisele (64, -7 - Bushwillow)

"I'm very happy, I had a good day. I was in position last week as well so hopefully I make the most of today and do a better job in the next few days. It was a good way to end the day because there are a couple of holes where you can pick up some shots. I putted really well and hit the ball fairly well. I had a terrible bogey on the 14th hole after a bad bunker shot but I got away with one bad shot. I'll take that and move into tomorrow."

Dean Burmester (66, -6 - Firethorn)

"It's obviously nice, I went bogey-free so that helps. I like the conditions back home and I always play nicely back home so it's good to get a nice little 66 under the belt. Everything was pretty much solid, I did everything okay. I missed a couple of greens and got some good up-and-downs so those par-saves are crucial for the confidence and to keep the ball rolling. I drove it okay, but I could improve and hit a bit more fairways, I think. I have to say the putter has come alive again."

Mikko Korhonen (66, -6 - Firethorn)

"I made six birdies in a row on the back nine and that was pretty awesome. I played pretty solid on the front and the putts started to drop. I like the courses in South Africa and the courses suit my eye, it is fantastic to come back here. The greens are perfect so I can't complain. You can hole putts from a long distance so I really enjoyed myself. I hit some iron shots but putting was the key."

Joachim B. Hansen (66 -6 - Firethorn)

"I was very solid out there and drove it well, that was the key. The putter was very good, I missed only two putts inside two metres so that's very good. We got a bit of roll out there and it isn't as wet as it should be, the course drains the water really well. My iron game wasn't the best so I'll work on that at the range. It could have been a really low round but the ball didn't go into the hole. A six-under is a good score."

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