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Steve Webster picked up where he left off last week with a five under par 67 in the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the spectacular Leopard Creek.
The Englishman, beaten in a play-off by Scott Jamieson at last week’s Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa, carded five birdies in his bogey free round.
Webster, playing his 448th European Tour event but having gone more than five years without a victory, had a hattrick of birdies from the 13th, before further birdies at the third and fifth – his 12th and 14th.
That saw him take a share of the clubhouse lead alongside South African pair Oliver Bekker and Louis de Jager.
“I got off to a good start being three under after six, but I should have been six-under,” said Webster.
“I missed three from eight feet in the first three holes, which was a bit frustrating, but then I got the rhythm with the putter. Hit it nice off the tee, some lovely irons, and tapped a few putts in, which makes all the difference.
“I’ve had four seconds in South Africa, and came so close last week. It would be nice to go one better, but I’ve just got to see what happens.”
Argentina’s Qualifying School graduate Tano Goya was one further back on four under with two to play, alongside former Challenge Tour Number One Tommy Fleetwood and another Englishman, Graeme Storm.
Webster’s compatriot Richard Bland – who took the 119th and last card last season - made a four-way tie at the top when he birdied three of his last four holes.