Portugal’s Ricardo Santos carded a flawless 62 to claim the lead after a day of low scoring in the Africa Open in East London.
Santos, who was the European Tour rookie of the year in 2012 after winning his first title on home soil in the Madeira Islands Open, fired nine birdies and no bogeys to finish nine under par, two ahead of Garth Mulroy, Rhys Davies, Richard Bland and Lucas Bjerregaard.
Scotland’s David Drysdale was among a six-strong group another shot adrift on six under on a day when 91 players broke 70 and 110 (of 156) finished below par.
Mulroy was leading the South African contingent out to maintain their remarkable dominance of events on home soil.
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