Wilco Nienaber had an eagle, a birdie and a bogey in his opening round for a two-under-par 70 in the first round of the DP World Tour’s Betfred British Masters at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield on Thursday.
That put him in a share of 19th, five strokes behind the first-round lead which was held by Justin Rose. Rose had eight birdies and a bogey to get to seven-under and a one-shot leader over Jamie Donaldson. There were five players on five-under, including English amateur John Gough, in a share of third.
With Nienaber in 19th, amongst others, was Hennie du Plessis, who had three birdies and a bogey on his card.
Bryce Easton was one stroke further back on one-under in a share of 33rd together with Thriston Lawrence and Justin Walters. Daniel van Tonder was on level-par in a share of 54th, while Louis de Jager was on one-over in a share of 75th.
Deon Germishuys, JC Ritchie, Ockie Strydom and Jayden Schaper were all on two-over in a share of 92nd. Zander Lombard and Oliver Bekker opened with three-over-par 75 for a share of 119th.