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Hoey off the pace after day to forget in South Africa

 

Michael Hoey
Michael Hoey
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey got off to a disastrous start at the South African Open in Johannesburg after carding an opening round of four-over par at Randpark Golf Club.

The 39-year-old struggled around the Firethorn course, carding four bogeys and a double bogey along with two birdies to sit 13 shots off early leader Louis Oosthuizen in a tie for 191st.

The Ballymoney man got off to an awful start when he bogeyed the first and then dropped another shot at the sixth.

Although Hoey birdied the ninth, he immediately gave that back when he double bogeyed the 10th, with a birdie at the 14th followed by a bogey at 15.

The Ulsterman concluded his round with a closing bogey at the 18th.

Meanwhile, former Open champion Oosthuizen holds an early one-shot lead after the opening round.

The South African carded a nine-under 62 around the easier Bushwillow course to hold a one-shot lead over Zambia's Madalitso Muthiya (Bushwillow) and the in-form Kurt Kitayama (Firethorn) of the USA.

Elsewhere, Gavin Moynihan is alongside Hoey at four-over, while Neil O'Briain is a further shot back at five-over, with both playing the Firethorn in their opening rounds.

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