• Saffas make slow start in Houston

    Brandt Snedeker
    Brandt Snedeker

    Brandt Snedeker is the opening-round leader at the Houston Open in what was a rather slow start by the South African contingent in action.

    Darkness brought an early suspension of play at the Memorial Park Golf Course on Thursday where Snedeker finished his round with a two-shot lead thanks to a five-under-par 65 to start with.

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    The American rolled in three birdies on the front nine before recovering from a bogey on the 15th hole with two more birdies on the 16th and 17th.

    Hot on his tail, though, is a group of six players, who are all on three under par after the opening round. They include Cameron Davis, Michael Thompson, Scottie Scheffler, Harold Varner III, Carlos Ortiz and Jason Day – all of them perfectly poised for a good showing over the next three rounds.

    Dylan Frittelli on the other hand will go into Friday’s second round as the highest-placed South African in T29 after an even-par round of 70 on Thursday.

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    Erik van Rooyen, Branden Grace, Justin Harding and Dawie van der Walt are all a further stroke back on  one over par for the competition after respective rounds of 71, while Charl Schwartzel struggled a bit with a two-over 72 for his opening round.

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