Madsen’s Big Finish Forges Tie with Horsey
Four under par is a good day and a great back nine.
For Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen on Thursday at the Tshwane Open, it was an absolutely stunning last two holes.
Madsen fired a hole-in-one on No. 8, then slipped in a 12-foot eagle putt on No. 9 to finish with a 63 on the opening day of the tournament in Waterkloof, South Africa, tying him for the lead with David Horsey after 18 holes.
Just 2-under on the back nine, Madsen started the front nine with a 30-foot birdie par on No. 1.
Horsey played a flawless round, seven birdies and no bogeys. He was 3-under on the front nine and 4-under on the back.
The strong rounds gave the pair a 1-stroke lead over Australia’s Brett Rumford and South Africa’s Wallie Coetsee.
Coetsee is off to his second hot start in three starts after finishing tied for second at the Joburg Open two weeks ago.