Porteous’ round included five birdies and two bogeys, and he says he feels at home on the 7511-yard layout.
“Whenever I get onto a long golf course I tend to lick my lips,” he said. “69 is obviously a decent score. You know the course is pretty long – especially for some players – luckily it suites my game as I hit it a decent length off the tee. Again you’ve got to take it one shot at-a-time and the course is in unbelievable condition and we’ll see how it goes from there,” Porteous added.
With only two top-10 finishes on the European Tour since his Joburg Open win, Porteous admitted to battling through some swing changes, however, the 22-year-old says he feels his game is heading in the right direction.
“I’ve been battling the last few weeks and I’d snuck into a few bad habits over the last three or so weeks, but I’ve found out what was wrong and I’m starting to hit the shapes that I’m used to seeing and we’ll take it from there,” he said.
“It was just the grip. The grip was just a bit week and I strengthened it up a little bit and I’ve started to get my distance back and it’s a pretty good feeling,” he explained.
Jbe’ Kruger and Jean Hugo lie two strokes further back on one-under-par in a share of 45th for the tournament.