Tyrone beats the heat at Lost City

Tyrone Mordt carded 67, despite 36-degree heat, to take the early lead in round one of the Nedbank Affinity Cup at the Lost City Golf Club on Tuesday.

“I hit it in the right places. I didn’t leave myself tough putts or tough shots,” he said.

Mordt, who finished second at the Nashua Masters on Sunday, closed the day at five-under-par and shared the early lead with Clinton Whitelaw.

“I guess I’m just riding my good form at the moment. I played well the whole of last week and I’m just continuing with it and I’m happy with that start,” said Mordt.

After carding a pair of bogeys at the turn, Mordt turned it around with a birdie at the par-five 11th. “I realised that I just needed some more birdies to get the round going again,” he said.

He began the day with a birdie at the first and followed it with further birdies at the fourth, seventh and eighth, but dropped at the ninth to make the turn at three-under.

The 28-year-old headed into the back stretch with another bogey, but remained composed. “I hit good shots, I just hit them into bad places,” said Mordt.

He went on to birdie the 11th and settled, playing regulation golf until birdies at the 16th and 18th secured his five-under-par scorecard.

Whitelaw had a steady start to the day, making birdies at the fifth and ninth before turning at two-under.

He, like Mordt, bogeyed the 10th and birdied the 11th.

Whitelaw closed well – he made birdies at the 15th, 17th and 18th before signing for a share of the early lead at five-under.

Grant Veenstra, who started on the back stretch, looked set to join the leaders until he bogeyed the ninth, slipped back to four-under-par and shared third with Steven Ferreira.

Mordt is riding a wave of good form and looked determined throughout his leading morning round.

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