Raphael Jacquelin shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 Thursday in extremely windy conditions on South Africa's east coast to take the first-round lead at the European Tour's Volvo Golf Champions.
Jacquelin was the only player in the 36-man field not to drop a shot around Durban Country Club for a one-stroke advantage over defending champion Louis Oosthuizen.
Darren Clarke, whose last title was at the 2011 British Open, was tied for third on 69 alongside Victor Dubuisson.
Race to Dubai leader Thomas Bjorn was last after a 7-over 79 which included two double bogeys on the back nine, giving last month's big-money winner at Sun City a tough start on his return to South Africa.
Jacquelin is competing in his first tournament in around six weeks but the Frenchman picked up shots at Nos. 6 and 8 and finished with three birdies in his last five holes to move just ahead of Oosthuizen.
''I'm better when the conditions are difficult and I just seem to score better whether it is in the wind or in ...