European Tour

Stenson, Van Zyl shoot 6 under in 1st round to lead Sun City

Henrik Stenson (Jan Kruger/ Getty Images)

SUN CITY, South Africa – South African golfer Jaco van Zyl birdied three of the last five holes to ensure some local representation at the top of the Nedbank Challenge leaderboard with Henrik Stenson in the first round at Sun City on Thursday.

Sweden’s Stenson shook off the illness that hampered his buildup to record five birdies by the turn, but was less prolific over the final nine holes and finished with a 6-under 66 that was matched by Van Zyl.

England’s Danny Willett ended the day in third after shooting 67, while South African Branden Grace and Australia’s Mark Leishman were a further shot back in fourth.