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The Dane, who has been out for three months following hand surgery, mixed eight birdies with two bogeys at Heritage Golf Club to lead South Africa’s Oliver Bekker and Australian Terry Pilkadaris by a shot.
Starting on the back nine, Olesen raced out of the traps with four birdies in his first five holes and picked up further gains at the 16th and 18th – either side of a dropped shot on the 17th – for an outward 31.
Another bogey followed on the first, but Olesen birdied the fifth and completed his scoring with a ten footer on the seventh.
“We had perfect conditions on the front nine and I played well on the front nine, then it started getting tricky on the back nine,” said the 25 year old, who won his second European Tour title in Perth at the end of last season.
“All in all my short game was very good today and that’s why I’m six under.
“It’s a good golf course, you can see almost everything from the tee out there and it’s in perfect condition.”
In the first event to be tri-sanctioned by The European, Asian and Sunshine Tours, all three tours were represented in the top three with Sunshine Tour regular Bekker and the Asian Tour’s Pilkadaris second on five under.
Zambia’s Madalitso Muthiya, American Daniel Woltman, South Africa’s Dean Burmester and England’s John Parry were tied for fourth on four under, with former amateur star Matt Fitzpatrick in the group a shot further back.