Eagle sets Darryn up for early Telkom PGA lead

Darryn Lloyd made an eagle-three on the 540-metre third at Country Club Johannesburg on Thursday to take the early clubhouse lead in the first round of the R3.25-million Telkom PGA Championship.

“I hit a three-wood off the tee, and my three-wood from 240 metres left me with one of those up-and-down attempts where I would have been happy to play it within 15 feet of the hole,” he said. “But it pitched perfectly and just rolled in.”

It moved him to seven-under-par after he started his round on the 10th, and it was where he finished, one ahead of Colin Nel, Mark Murless and Canadian Adam Hadwin.

Lloyd, whose best performance on the Sunshine Tour was a share of fourth in the Lombard Insurance Classic in Swaziland in 2009, bounced back from a missed cut in last week’s Dimension Data Pro-Am.

“I was just hoping to get around under par, to be honest,” he said, “so 65 was a bit of a surprise.”

But he did finish in a share of sixth place in the Africom Zimbabwe Open, after he trailed eventual winner Theunis Spangenberg by just two shots going into the final round of the rain-shortened event.

He started fast on the 6,868-metre Woodmead layout at Country Club Johannesburg: He birdied 10 and 11 to kick-start his round, and two more birdies before the turn saw him head for home at four-under.

Another birdie dropped on the second before he made his eagle, and his solitary dropped shot on the 8th was rectified with a birdie on the ninth.

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