Wilco Nienaber slammed a tee shot 439 yards (401.5 metres) Thursday en path to a 63 and a share of the Joburg Open first-round lead with fellow South African Shaun Norris.
The 20-year-old, who turned skilled final 12 months after a 21-title newbie profession, was aided by taking part in at an altitude of 1,753 metres (5,751 toes) in Johannesburg because the ball travels additional.
However the exceptional size of his drive on the par-five fourth in Randpark Golf Membership compares favourably with American big-hitter Bryson DeChambeau, who has been averaging 325 yards, usually at sea degree, on the PGA circuit.
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Nienaber had an eagle, 9 birdies and three bogeys on his card because the three-tournament South African swing of the European Tour/Sunshine Tour started.
He has made a formidable begin as an expert, claiming two top-10 finishes in 10 begins earlier than the Joburg Open, together with ending fourth within the English Championship.
Nienaber underplayed his monster drive on a sizzling day in suburban Johannesburg, saying “I assume it was a good drive. Eight underneath is sweet spherical any golf course.”
SuperSport TV commentator and former skilled Tony Johnstone was extra lavish in his reward after the tee shot that landed simply off the green and arrange Nienaber for a birdie 4.
“Wilco is an enormous expertise and to hit a golf ball that far — 439 yards — is completely mind-numbing,” he stated.
“300 yards is an enormous drive, 400 yards astounding. However 439 yards is, nicely, freakish.”
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Nienaber might have returned a fair decrease rating as he narrowly missed birdie putts on the fifth and sixth holes.
Norris, who has received eight instances on the Japanese, Asian and Sunshine circuits, started his spherical on the tenth and turned three-under due to an eagle and a birdie.
He gathered momentum with three consecutive birdies from the third and picked up two extra in a bogey-free spherical.
Nienaber and Norris are one shot forward of Canadian Aaron Cockerill and American Johannes Veerman, who carded 64s.
Indian Shubhankar Sharma, winner of the final Joburg Open in 2017, trails the leaders by 13 strokes after a five-over 76 that included a 9 on the par-five twelfth.