On Thursday Tyrone Mordt announced his arrival to the European Challenge Tour when he shot a bogey-free 66 at Muthaiga Golf Club to secure sole second after round one of The Barclays Kenya Open.
ÂIÂve played here the last two years. Last year I shot seven under in the first round but then really didnÂt play well in the next three rounds and finished tied 49th. Hopefully this year I can carry on playing well after a good start.Â
He gained entry to his third Kenya Open in a different fashion from previous years Â his performance at European Tour Qualifying School secured his spot. Mordt made it through 72 holes at QSchool, but missed the final cut and has thus earned the right to play on the 2012 Challenge Tour.
And play he did Â the 28-year-old birdied the 17th and 18th to take his birdie tally to five for the day, and without a dropped shot he finished the day at five-under on the par-71 course, announcing his arrival to the Challenge Tour.
ÂI had five birdies and no bogeys, which is always nice,Â said the 28 year old. ÂAny time I missed the green my short game was very good. I chipped and putted really well today and just kept plodding along,Â he said.
Justin HardingÂs card told a different story Â he rolled with the punches and fought his way to three-under-par 68, taking a share of eighth at the close of day one.
He was joined by Justin Walters, who scored when it counted, making an eagle at the 18th to catapult himself to three-under and join the tie for eighth.
Shaun Norris finished the day at two-under after he shot a respectable 69, while Oliver Bekker managed one-under-par 70.