“The tournament has only just begun and there’s a lot of golf left, but I’m off to a good start, which makes this a bit easier. I like the greens and that tends to make me play well. It helps the confidence when you believe that you can up and down or make a birdie at certain places,” he said.
Thunderstorms forced a suspension in play during the afternoon, but prior to that Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts had shot the lights out with a leading score of 11-under-par 60.
“It’s geared up for guys that hit it a long way, because there is not a lot of rough and the greens are receptive. It’s one of the courses where you could see a 59 happening,” said the Belgian bomber.
Kruger is also known for hitting it far, despite his small frame. Surprisingly enough it was not distance off the tee that earned him a share of 11th on Thursday.
“The first couple of holes were very difficult in the rain and I was just trying to hit it one shot at a time and get my technique going well. I had to save it quite a few times today, but ball striking is probably my strongest point and it will come around again,” he said.
Fellow South Africans Thomas Aiken and Branden Grace joined the 2012 Avantha Masters winner in 11th place after each carding their own 66 on day one.