‘Tiger’ tames Leopard Creek to guide Alfred Dunhill Championship

Robin Williams made a spectacular eight birdies on his spherical on Thursday.

Not Tiger Woods, however Robin Tiger Williams … that’s the identify on the very high of the leaderboard after the primary spherical of the Alfred Dunhill Championship being performed at Leopard Creek in Malelane.

Little-known Williams, whose center identify is Tiger, shot a powerful seven-under-par 65 on Thursday to guide by one after the opening spherical of the co-sanctioned Sunshine Tour-DP World Tour occasion.

The 22-year-old, whose world rating is 924, outplayed all the opposite 155 golfers who teed it up on Thursday after making eight birdies and one bogey.

‘Sachin Tendulkar’

Tied in second place after the primary spherical is younger Jayden Schaper, who was very a lot within the combine on the SA Open at Blair Atholl final weekend, and Spain’s Manuel Elvira, who each shot 66s to be six-under-par.

Williams instructed the DP World Tour after his spherical the way it got here to be that his center identify is “Tiger”.
“My dad needed to call me Sachin after the cricketer Sachin Tendulkar … he was an excellent cricketer who additionally performed golf on the time, and I believe my mother stated “no”,” defined younger Williams.

“And he then went with Tiger (Woods) and it simply so occurred that I ended up taking part in golf.

“It’s only a coincidence … I’ve been requested about it quite a bit throughout my junior, newbie and now skilled profession … it’s an honour for me to be named after that man.

“I’m an enormous fan … he’s opened doorways for hundreds of thousands of gamers.”

Amateurs shine

An enormous group of gamers are tied fourth at five-under-par, simply two photographs again, together with younger Casey Jarvis, who’s additionally been within the combine on the SA swing lately, in addition to the rising stars of native golf, amateurs Christian Maas and Christo Lamprecht, the world’s top-tanked newbie, who led the Open at Royal Liverpool final 12 months after the primary spherical.

4-time winner of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, Charl Schwartzel, shot a gap 68 to be four-under-par and is once more very a lot within the combine, whereas Erik van Rooyen and Christiaan Bezuidenhout additionally wanted 68 blows to get across the course on the banks of the Kruger Nationwide Park.

Dean Burmester, who received the Joburg Open and SA Open titles in back-to-back weeks, shot 69, whereas Louis Oosthuizen recorded a 70 for his first spherical.


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