Mark jets into Alfred Dunhill

Mark Murless was unstoppable at Irene Country Club on Tuesday, where he carded 64 for the Alfred Dunhill Championship pre-qualifier and claimed the first of the 10 places on offer.

It was an exceptional performance from the 38-year-old who blazed around the 6504-metre track without a drop on the card. He closed out the 18 with a run of three consecutive birdies and led the field by two shots.

The Alfred Dunhill Championship is a big step up from pre-qualifying, but Murless is a four-time winner on the Sunshine Tour and knows how to succeed on great courses.

He’s recorded 73 top-10 finishes during his career and is in form going into this week’s €1,5-million tournament. It will take an extra push for him to convert his success at Irene on Tuesday into a good week, but he in pole position to do it.

Two shots back and also looking good were JC Ritchie, Kevin Stone and Callum Mowat, who shared second place on six-under-par. Mark Williams was the last player to make it in and had to survive a three-way playoff to secure his place at the last event of 2014.

Leopard Creek awaits for the successful pre-qualifiers and they’ll get a real chance to test their mettle against the likes of Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.

 

Mark jets into Alfred Dunhill

Mark Murless was unstoppable at Irene Country Club on Tuesday, where he carded 64 for the Alfred Dunhill Championship pre-qualifier and claimed the first of the 10 places on offer.

 

It was an exceptional performance from the 38-year-old who blazed around the 6504-metre track without a drop on the card. He closed out the 18 with a run of three consecutive birdies and led the field by two shots.

 

The Alfred Dunhill Championship is a big step up from pre-qualifying, but Murless is a four-time winner on the Sunshine Tour and knows how to succeed on great courses.

 

He’s recorded 73 top-10 finishes during his career and is in form going into this week’s €1,5-million tournament. It will take an extra push for him to convert his success at Irene on Tuesday into a good week, but he in pole position to do it.

 

Two shots back and also looking good were JC Ritchie, Kevin Stone and Callum Mowat, who shared second place on six-under-par. Mark Williams was the last player to make it in and had to survive a three-way playoff to secure his place at the last event of 2014.

 

Leopard Creek awaits for the successful pre-qualifiers and they’ll get a real chance to test their mettle against the likes of Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.

 

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