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Just when it seemed like there would be a massive five-way traffic jam at the top of the leader board after the opening round of the Nedbank Challenge, the Austrian Bernd Wiesberger jumped the queue.

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Sandwiched in a cluster of five players coming home, the 32-year-old from Oberwart in Austria, chasing his second Tour victory of the year, birdied the final hole for an opening five-under-par 67, taking a one shot lead into Friday’s second round.

Branden Grace, with a 68, is the best-placed South African and is stuck in the cluster of three other players – Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, Scotsman Scott Jamieson and the American Jukian Suri – in joint second on four-under-par.

Defending champion Alex Noren, Grace’s countryman Charl Schwartzel, BMW SA Open champion Graeme Storm (England) and Japan’s Hideto Tanihara are all locked on three-under.

Barring a catastrophic round between now and Sunday, Wiesberger looks like a strong contender to build on his first round exploits.

His consistency is something to marvel at this season and he has missed just three cuts in 24 starts and is lurking just two places outside the Race to Dubai Top 10.

“It wasn’t easy to be honest,” Wiesberger commented after his round. “It was quite breezy, quite steady direction-wise but still the course is quite tricky off the tees.”

“But I played all right. I didn’t have great success when I was here last time, but I approached it with a neutral mind and played better than I have the last couple of weeks,” he added.

Other SA Players: Darren Fichardt, Louis Oosthuizen (-1 – joint 22nd). Haydn Porteous (+ 1 – tied 39th). Richard Sterne (+2 – tied 46th). Dylan Frittelli (+3 – tied 58th). Brandon Stone (+4 – tied 61st). Dean Burmester & George Coetzee (+5 – tied 67th).

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By Trevor Cramer