Daniel Greene ignored his double bogey on his first hole and shot 67 to share the early lead in round one of the KCM Zambia Open at Nchanga Golf Club on Thursday.
Greene began at the 10th and carded seven birdies during his round to sign for his five-under-par card and share the early lead with PH McIntyre and Robert Wiederkehr in the R1,2-million tournament.
ÂI had a great run of things, you know I just had some shots land right where I wanted them, and my putting was really good today, so I just managed to save some pars and then take birdies when they came,Â said Greene.
The real spark of his round came at the seventh, where he began a hat trick of birdies before closing out his round.
The 26-year-old finished last yearÂs Zambia Open in a share of 16th and has recorded three top-10 finishes in his career thus far.
Greene did well to maintain his composure and recover the double drop with birdies at the par-three 14th and the par-four 18th before making the turn at level-par. ÂI actually had a terrible start, but from there things went fine, I made some good putts and kept things going,Â he said.
Greene turned and found solid form off the tee, which led to birdies at the par-four second and the par-five fourth.
His trio of birdies from the seventh to the ninth added up to a crescendo finish and he closed his back nine in just 31 strokes to take his share of the lead.
Greene came close to shooting ace at the par-three ninth after his tee shot landed just a foot from the pin, but it was not to be and he tapped in for his third consecutive birdie.
McIntyre carded bogeys on either side of the turn, but those would be the only blemishes to his round and he carded 33 on the front, 34 on back to close in a share of the lead.
Wiederkehr struggled with illness during his Pro-Am round, but proved his recovery when he went round the front nine in 32. He closed with a birdie at the 18th to claim a share of the lead.
Greene kept his cool after the double-drop and finished his back stretch in style, which makes him a serious contender at Nchanga, where players are expected to go low.