South Africa's Thomas Aiken shot a 9-under 64 at the Africa Open for a one-shot lead after the first round of the European Tour's season-opening tournament.
Aiken had five birdies and two eagles at the par-73 East London Golf Club on Thursday for a single stroke advantage over Retief Goosen and another South African, Jaco Ahlers.
Welshman Phillip Price, Michael du Toit and Dean O'Riley shared fourth on 7 under.
Aiken, two-time major winner Goosen and Sweden's Peter Hedblom were the first group off on South Africa's south coast to start the Tour's 2012 Race to Dubai.
Goosen, after bogeying his first hole, had nine birdies, including five in a row from Nos. 11-15.
Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen was tied for 25th after a 4-under 69.