Branden Grace endured a tough start to the Bermuda Championship on Thursday, struggling to a two-over-par 73 for the opening round.
Competing as the lone South African at the event, Grace fell out of sorts from the start by bogeying his very first hole.
The 32-year-old would drop four further shots throughout his round, while only managing three birdies in the process for a rather disappointing start to his week.
Grace will head into the second round on Friday at the beautiful Port Royal Golf Course in T105, hoping to make some sort of headway on the leaders.
American Peter Malnati finished the opening round at the summit of the leaderboard thanks to a brilliant display of 63, leaving him eight under par for the event.
However, he only holds a one-shot lead over countrymen Doug Ghim and Ryan Armour, who opened their accounts with respective rounds of 63.
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Doc Redman, Vaughn Taylor and Chase Seiffert are a further stroke back and will go into the second round on six under par.