Birthday boy JbeÂ Kruger got off to a good start in the opening round of the BMW International Open in Munich as he fired a six-under-par 66 to trail early leader Gary Boyd by one.
Kruger, who turns 25 today, got it to seven under through 16, but a dropped shot on the eighth Â he started on 10 Â saw him share second in the clubhouse with Tim Sluiter and Danny Willett.
The Bloemfontein professional opened with birdies on 11 and 13, before a golden patch from 16 to 18 saw him turn in five-under 31. Another birdie on the first kept the momentum going, but he dropped immediately thereafter on the second. His second bogey on eight was preceded by two more birdies, and he held on to make par on the ninth.
Retief Goosen also started well, with a four-under-par 68 and an early share of seventh, while Hennie Otto carded a three-under-par 69.
Other South Africans who completed their rounds were Jaco van Zyl who was level through 18, Shaun Norris who was two-over, and James Kingston who was four-over.
World number three Martin Kaymer took an early share of 24th at two-under-par 70 with American world number 11 Dustin Johnson.