Merrick Bremner birdied six of his first nine holes on the way to a course record-equaling 64 Thursday in the opening round of the South African Open.
Bremner raced to 8 under and a two-shot lead over Henrik Stenson and Matthew Carvell at Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate on the outskirts of Johannesburg.
Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel recovered from a double-bogey five on his third, No. 12, to card a 4-under 68 for a share of seventh.
Ryder Cup winner and former top-ranked player Martin Kaymer was 2 under after his 70. Branden Grace, a four-time winner on the European Tour this season and sixth in the Race To Dubai money list, was at even par.
The 26-year-old Bremner consolidated his outstanding start - when he went out in 30 and birdied three of his first four - with two more birdies coming home. He had no bogeys to raise early hopes of a maiden European Tour title.
''I played fantastically on the first nine,'' the South African said. ''I didn't miss a green and th...