Mattiace among leaders in South Africa

Dec. 12, 2008 at 4:13 PM

MPUMALANGA, South Africa, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- American Len Mattiace shot 4-under-par 68 Friday and retained a share of the lead through 36 holes at the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Mattiace was joined by England's Robert Rock (67) and Oskar Henningsson (64) of Sweden at 11-under 133.

Mattiace closed with three straight pars after four birdies in a bogey-free outing at the Leopard Creek in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

At 7-under 65, he shared the first-round lead with Sweden's Michael Jonzon.

Local favorite Richard Sterne is alone in fourth place at 10-under 134 after a 6-under 66.

Sterne, starting on the back nine, made a triple bogey eight at the 18th, but recovered with three birdies on the front nine.

"I had a little hiccup, but it was all pretty good, pretty decent," Sterne said. "I was never really in trouble."

The cut line was 2-under 142, and among the 70 players missing it were Mark Foster (143) and Rory McIlroy (143).

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