EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) -- Ricardo Santos of Portugal fired a 9-under 62 for a two-shot lead in the first round of the Africa Open on Thursday.
Santos had five birdies going out and four birdies coming in for a flawless opening round at East London Golf Club.
Americans Brinson Paolini and John Hahn were among a group of six players tied for sixth, three off Santos' lead.
Santos was the 2012 rookie of the year on the European Tour and has a decent record in South Africa with top-30 finishes in his last five events.
He said: ''I'm very pleased to make a run like I did today.''
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