Bekker takes 1-shot lead in South Africa

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

MALELANE, South Africa (AP) Oliver Bekker put together a run of four straight birdies to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Thursday.

Bekker made birdies on Nos. 11-14 - he started his round on No. 10 - for a 6-under 66 at Leopard Creek Country Club in his native South Africa to overtake clubhouse leader Dimitrios Papadatos, who led for much of the afternoon after his 67 took him to 5 under.

Raphael Jacquelin was third at 4 under and nine players, including defending champion Brandon Stone, were another shot further back.


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