Jaidee leads Euro Tour's champions event

Jan. 10, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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DURBAN, South Africa, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Thongchai Jaidee, riding an early hot streak, has the lead after Thursday's first round of the European Tour's Volvo Golf Champions tournament in South Africa.

Jaidee was 5-under through eight holes and finished at 7-under-par 65 for a three-stroke lead over Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen. Another seven players are at 3-under 69.

The field includes 33 players who received invitations by virtue of winning a European Tour event in 2012.

Jaidee had birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 and added another at the fifth hole. Birdies at 7 and 8 had him 5-under through eight holes. He had another birdie at No. 10 and got to 7-under the first time with a birdie at the 194-yard, par-3 15th.

He gave that stroke back with a bogey at 17 but posted a birdie at the 273-yard, par-4 closing hole.

Windy conditions affected play much of the day, as shown by Oosthuizen's up-and-down round of seven birdies and three bogeys. Els opened his round with three birdies but suffered a double bogey at the par-3 fifth. He had four birdies and one bogey the rest of the way.

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