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Van Rooyen, Lombard Lead SA Charge At Open Championship At Carnoustie


Erik van Rooyen and Zander Lombard lead the South African charge after Day 1 of the Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Van Rooyen, 28, and Lombard, 23, shot four-under par 67s in Thursday’s opening round to lie one shot off leader, American Kevin Kisner.

The next best placed South African is recent Scottish Open winner, Brandon Stone, on 3-under par, with Dylan Frittelli on level par and in a tie for 32nd after shooting an even par 71.

Louis Oosthuizen (T50th) is one shot further back after a one-over par 72 and Ernie Els is tied for 72nd after carding a 73.

Four South Africans – Charl Schwartzel, Retief Goosen, Shaun Norris and Branden Grace – are all tied for 90th after carding three-over par 74s.

George Coetzee (tied for 110th) is one shot back after shooting a four-over par 75, while Jovan Rebula, who is playing as an amateur, lies tied for 144th after shooting an eight-over par 79.

Rebula is the nephew of Els.

First round scores from the Open Championship on Thursday at Carnoustie (GBR & IRL unless stated, par 71, x denotes amateur):

66 – Kevin Kisner (USA)

67 – Tony Finau (USA), Zander Lombard (RSA), Erik Van Rooyen (RSA)

68 – Brendan Steele (USA), Brandon Stone (RSA), Ryan Moore (USA)

69 – Pat Perez (USA), Zach Johnson (USA), Sung Kang (KOR), Danny Willett, Matthew Southgate, Chez Reavie (USA), Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas (USA), Jon Rahm (ESP), Russell Henley (USA)

70 – Francesco Molinari (ITA), Luke List (USA), Chris Wood, Alex Noren (SWE), Matt Kuchar (USA), Patrick Cantlay (USA), Kevin Chappell (USA), Webb Simpson (USA), Kevin Na (USA), Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN), Yuta Ikeda (JPN), Rickie Fowler (USA), Henrik Stenson (SWE), Thomas Pieters (BEL)

71 – Abraham Ancer (MEX), Tiger Woods (USA), Charley Hoffman (USA), Gary Woodland (USA), Martin Kaymer (GER), Kim Si-woo (KOR), Paul Dunne, Eddie Pepperell, Yusaku Miyazato (JPN), Sean Crocker (USA), Jason Day (AUS), Xander Schauffele (USA), Adam Scott (AUS), Brian Harman (USA), Cameron Davis (AUS), Li Haotong (CHN), Andy Sullivan, Dylan Frittelli (RSA)

72 – Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), Satoshi Kodaira (JPN), Jason Kokrak (USA), Alexander Bjork (SWE), Austin Cook (USA), Jorge Campillo (ESP), Ryuko Tokimatsu (JPN), Justin Rose, Marc Leishman (AUS), Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker (USA), Nicolai Hojgaard (x) (DEN), Gavin Green (MAS), Lee Westwood, Jordan Spieth (USA), Kyle Stanley (USA), Stewart Cink (USA), Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Sam Locke (x), Brooks Koepka (USA), Haraldur Magnus (ISL), Matthew Fitzpatrick

73 – An Byeong-hun (KOR), Michael Hendry (NZL), Adam Hadwin (CAN), Daniel Berger (USA), Ernie Els (RSA), Bernhard Langer (GER), Beau Hossler (USA), Chesson Hadley (USA), Shubhankar Sharma (IND), Phil Mickelson (USA), Lucas Herbert (AUS), Cameron Smith (AUS), Mark Calcavecchia (USA), Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Michael Kim (USA), Russell Knox, Alexander Levy (FRA)

74 – Brett Rumford (AUS), Bronson Burgoon (USA), Jordan Smith, Jazz Janewattanamond (THA), Marcus Kinhult (SWE), Matt Wallace, Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Retief Goosen (RSA), Shaun Norris (RSA), Branden Grace (RSA), Rhys Enoch, Kelly Kraft (USA), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA), Julian Suri (USA), Peter Uihlein (USA), Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP)

75 – Matt Jones (AUS), Ryan Armour (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Ross Fisher, Oliver Wilson, Bubba Watson (USA), Tom Lehman (USA), Todd Hamilton (USA), George Coetzee (RSA), Charles Howell III (USA), Scott Jamieson, Hideto Tanihara (JPN), James Robinson, Tom Lewis, Sergio Garcia (ESP), Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Sandy Lyle, Patrick Reed (USA)

76 – Park Sang-hyun (KOR), Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Dustin Johnson (USA), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Anirban Lahiri (IND), Jens Dantorp (SWE), Padraig Harrington

77 – Masahiro Kawamura (JPN), Shota Akiyoshi (JPN), Patton Kizzire (USA), Jonas Blixt (SWE)

78 – Kodai Ichihara (JPN), Ash Turner, Danthai Boonma (THA)

79 – Jack Senior, Jovan Rebula (RSA x), Choi Min-chel (KOR), Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL), Brady Schnell (USA)

80 – Marcus Armitage, Lin Yuxin Lin (CHN x), Andrew Landry (USA), Grant Forrest, David Duval (USA)

82 – Thomas Curtis, Masanori Kobayashi (JPN), Darren Clarke

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