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Bourdy has Alfred Dunhill lead

Bourdy has Alfred Dunhill lead
Gregory Bourdy of France reacts after sinking a birdie putt on the 2nd hole during the first round of the 92nd PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin on August 12, 2010. UPI/Brian Kersey | License Photo

MALELANE, South Africa, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Gregory Bourdy fired a bogey-free, 6-under-par 66 Thursday in taking the first-round lead at the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

Bourdy, with three birdies on each nine Thursday, is one stroke ahead of a group of six players that includes South Africans Oliver Bekker, Louis de Jager, Darren Fichardt and Charl Schwartzel along with English players Richard Bland and Steve Webster.

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Four more players are at 4-under and nine others are at 3-under 69, leaving 20 players within three strokes of the lead after Thursday's play.

Bourdy opened the tournament with a birdie at the first hole and posted back-to-back birdies at Nos. 5 and 6. He added two more birdies at 11 and 12 and took the lead with a 20-foot birdie putt at the par-3, 208-yard 16th hole. Bourdy was 3-under on pars 3s on the day.

Five of the six players tied for second also went without a bogey in the first round. De Jager had a bogey at the par-3 12th but also had a string of three consecutive birdies over Nos. 6-8.

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