Impressive start for relaxed Madsen

2013-11-29 00:00

MALELANE — After Morten Ørum Madsen last Sunday received the South African Open trophy, he did not need to push himself as hard as he had all year.

The realisation of a childhood dream often has this effect, but in the case of Madsen relaxing a bit had a welcome side effect: without any pressure to perform, the young Dane yesterday played a sterling round of 65 (seven under par) at the Leopard Creek golf course to take the lead in the Alfred Dunhill championship.

Madsen is one shot ahead of Allan Versfeld (22) from Johannesburg and Portugal’s Ricardo Santos, after a cold wet day yesterday saw all three leaders manage to keep errors off their score cards.

Versfeld ascribed his 66 — his best yet at the Malelane course — to good putting, while Madsen said his good showing was thanks to a lot of self-confidence and a total lack of pressure.

The SA Open champion yesterday said he had not been in such a situation, but those who knew more about it had told him the week after the win could get a bit difficult.

“Against this background I am really very satisfied with how I started today. I was very calm with the start of the tournament, which obviously also helped, and after the win,” the Open champ said.

The defending champion, Charl Schwartzel, played part of his 68 round in the rain and although this places him firmly in the count he felt he could have recorded a better score.


65 - Morten Orum Madsen (DEN)

66 - Allan Versfeld, Ricardo Santos (POR)

68 - Charl Schwartzel, Victor Riu (FRA), Richard Finch (ENG), David Drysdale (SCO)

69 - Danny Willett (ENG), James Kingston, Gareth Maybin (NIR), Christopher Doak (SCO), Michael Hollick, Hennie Otto, Ruan de Smidt

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