A sparkling six-under-par 65 on Thursday saw Jbe’ Kruger head the field from The Tanjong course at Sentosa Golf Club in the opening round of the Barclays Singapore Open.
He finished the first round three off the pace set at The Serapong course by Edoardo Molinari and James Morrison, as The Serapong appeared to play substantially easier than The Tanjong.
Players play a round on each of the course ahead of the cut in the $6-million Asian Tour event co-sanctioned by the European Tour, so Kruger will have a crack at the apparently more vulnerable course on Friday.
It was a flawless round by Kruger, who put four birdies in the bag ahead of the turn, and added two more on his homeward nine to lead the scores from The Tanjong by one.
Peter Karmis was the next best of the South Africans in the field, and he carded a fine five-under-par 66 on The Serapong. Thomas Aiken was one stroke behind Karmis on the same course together with Retief Goosen.
James Kingston was a further shot back with Adilson Da Silva on two-under Â both of them played on The Serapong.
Keith Horne and Tjaart van der Walt made level par on The Tanjong, while Louis Oosthuizen and Ernie Els were disappointing with their pair of one-overs at that course.