I’m happy with my game and it was a pretty hot start out there today. I slowed down a little bit during the round, but it’s a nice way to get the week going,” he said.
At the start of the day it seemed that Albatross Golf Resort would yield particularly low scores. Horne birdied his first four holes and was on track for a very low score, but inclement weather affected the scoring conditions and soon it was tough to make pars.
The Sunshine Tour veteran dug his heels in and went about business, making five pars to reach the turn at four-under for the day. His stoic play led to an opportunity at the 12th, which he converted into a fifth birdie. At that point he shared the lead with countryman Merrick Bremner on five-under-par.
Horne won Vodacom Origins of Golf St. Francis three weeks ago with a final-round 71, which he ground out in wet and windy conditions. Experience helped the 43-year-old keep the ship steady on Thursday, but he could not avoid trouble for the entire round.
The six-time Sunshine Tour winner was unable to retain his score against par after he made bogey at the 17th and he went on to sign for 68 and joined a five-way tie for the lead.
“The putter got a bit cold on the back nine and I missed some pretty short putts for birdie, which was disappointing. I’m still happy with the way I played and we’ll see what happens tomorrow,” he said.
Bremner backslid over the second loop and made three bogeys in his last six holes to finish the day on two-under. It was a disappointing end to a great start and Bremner will aim to shoot a low one come Friday.