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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 05: Henrik Stenson of Sweden acknowledges the crowd on the 16th hole during the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on February 5, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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...
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