Rock leads South Africa; Immelman WDs

ASSOCIATED PRESS

PAARL, South Africa – Robert Rock shot a 2-under 70 Thursday to lead the South African Open by one stroke.

The Englishman leads a trio of South Africans – Alex Haindl, Charl Schwartzel and Ulrich van den Berg. He had five birdies and three bogeys at the windy Pearl Valley Golf Estates course.

“It was rewarding and punishing out there,” Rock said. “But I’m not bothered by the wind. You have to accept that you’re not going to get it as close to the hole as you normally would. This is a week for chipping and putting.”

Ernie Els, who blew a two-stroke lead on the final hole last week, finished the first round at 5-over 77.

Greg Norman (75) was tied for 27th after a pair of double-bogeys. Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen (74) and Darren Clarke (72) are also in the field.

Defending champion Trevor Immelman pulled out of the tournament after playing just two holes because of a rib injury. He is expected to need surgery.

“I was hoping to play through the pain and continue the tournament, but the pain intensified to the degree that I was struggling to breathe and also to swing,” Immelman said in a statement.

Rock bogeyed his first hole of the day, but he had a pair of birdies on the third and fifth holes before dropping shots on Nos. 7 and 8. On the back nine, he had three more birdies.

Els was penalized a stroke for not declaring he was playing a provisional ball after assuming he had gone out of bounds on the 16th hole. He eventually carded a double-bogey.

Els had another double-bogey on No. 17. He bogeyed the fourth, 11th, 12th and 14th holes and had three birdies.

He is tied for 49th with John Bickerton, the man who won last week when Els collapsed on the final hole of the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Scores with relation to par from the first round of the South African Open, played Dec. 13 at the par-72, 7,437-yard Pearl Valley Golf Estate in Franschhoek, South Africa (Note: a-amateur):

  1. Robert Rock 70
    -2 2. Alex Haindl 71
    -1 2. Charl Schwartzel 71
    -1 2. Ulrich van den Berg 71
    -1 5. Andrew McLardy 72
    E 5. Darren Clarke 72
    E 5. Kyron Sullivan 72
    E 5. Euan Little 72
    E 5. Gary Boyd 72
    E 5. Andrew McArthur 72
    E 5. Neil Schietekat 72
    E 12. David Frost 73 + 1 12. James Kingston 73 + 1 12. Rafael Cabrera Bello 73 + 1 12. Craig Lile 73 + 1 12. Paul Waring 73 + 1 12. George Coetzee 73 + 1 18. Nic Henning 74 + 2 18. a-Louis de Jager 74 + 2 18. Steven Jeppesen 74 + 2 18. Peter Lawrie 74 + 2 18. Ryan Tipping 74 + 2 18. Retief Goosen 74 + 2 18. Richard Sterne 74 + 2 18. Jaco Van Zyl 74 + 2 26. Edoardo Molinari 75 + 3 26. Alvaro Velasco 75 + 3 26. Michael Lorenzo-Vera 75 + 3 26. Simon Dyson 75 + 3 26. Tim Clark 75 + 3 26. Francois Delamontagne 75 + 3 26. Greg Norman 75 + 3 26. Anton Haig 75 + 3 34. Ian Hutchings 76 + 4 34. Sion E Bebb 76 + 4 34. Joachim Backstrom 76 + 4 34. Garry Houston 76 + 4 34. Kevin Stone 76 + 4 34. Lee S James 76 + 4 34. Warren Abery 76 + 4 34. Thomas Aiken 76 + 4 34. Magnus A Carlsson 76 + 4 34. Ross Wellington 76 + 4 34. Richard Bland 76 + 4 34. Oliver Wilson 76 + 4 34. Lee Slattery 76 + 4 34. Alan Michell 76 + 4 34. David Dixon 76 + 4 49. Andrew Curlewis 77 + 5 49. Brett Liddle 77 + 5 49. Keith Horne 77 + 5 49. Ernie Els 77 + 5 49. Omar Sandys 77 + 5 49. Vaughn Groenewald 77 + 5 49. Hennie Otto 77 + 5 49. Adilson da Silva 77 + 5 49. Mark Pilkington 77 + 5 49. Christiaan Basson 77 + 5 49. Chris Williams 77 + 5 49. John Bickerton 77 + 5 49. Ross Fisher 77 + 5 49. Miles Tunnicliff 77 + 5 63. Eugen Marugi 78 + 6 63. Grant Muller 78 + 6 63. Marc Cayeux 78 + 6 63. Martin Wiegele 78 + 6 63. Pedro Linhart 78 + 6 63. Louis Oosthuizen 78 + 6 63. David Carter 78 + 6 63. Jean Hugo 78 + 6 71. Patrik Sjoland 79 + 7 71. Wallie Coetsee 79 + 7 71. Luis Claverie 79 + 7 71. Florian Praegant 79 + 7 71. Pelle Edberg 79 + 7 71. Darren Fichardt 79 + 7 71. Paolo Terreni 79 + 7 71. Albert Pistorius 79 + 7 71. Tyrone van Aswegen 79 + 7 71. Dean Lambert 79 + 7 71. Pablo Larrazabal 79 + 7 71. Mattias Eliasson 79 + 7 71. Birgir Hafthorsson 79 + 7 71. Mathias Gronberg 79 + 7 71. Werner Geyer 79 + 7 71. David Hewan 79 + 7 87. Bobby Lincoln 80 + 8 87. Marcel Siem 80 + 8 87. Mikael Lundberg 80 + 8 87. Titch Moore 80 + 8 87. Scott Dunlap 80 + 8 87. Alan McLean 80 + 8 87. Josh Cunliffe 80 + 8 87. Angel Cabrera 80 + 8 87. Iain Pyman 80 + 8 87. Fabrizio Zanotti 80 + 8 87. Sam Walker 80 + 8 87. Garth Mulroy 80 + 8 99. Divan van den Heever 81 + 9 99. Hendrik Buhrmann 81 + 9 99. Rossouw Loubser 81 + 9 99. Stuart Manley 81 + 9 99. André Cruse 81 + 9 99. Phillip Archer 81 + 9 99. Tongo Charamba 81 + 9 99. Mike Lamb 81 + 9 99. John Bele 81 + 9 99. Branden Grace 81 + 9 99. Craig Lee 81 + 9 99. Trevor Fisher Jnr 81 + 9 99. a-Johan du Buisson 81 + 9 99. Julio Zapata 81 + 9 99. Benn Barham 81 + 9 99. Mark Murless 81 + 9 99. Peter Whiteford 81 + 9 99. Thabang Simon 81 + 9 99. Heinrich Bruiners 81 + 9 99. Colm Moriarty 81 + 9 99. Kyle Norris 81 + 9 120. Ross McGowan 82 + 10 120. Gary Lockerbie 82 + 10 120. Joost Luiten 82 + 10 120. Chris Swanepoel 82 + 10 120. Desvonde Botes 82 + 10 120. David Drysdale 82 + 10 120. Jake Roos 82 + 10 127. Rory McIlroy 83 + 11 127. Des Terblanche 83 + 11 127. Doug McGuigan 83 + 11 127. Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 83 + 11 127. Tom Whitehouse 83 + 11 127. Lindani Ndwandwe 83 + 11 133. Sven Struver 84 + 12 133. Steve van Vuuren 84 + 12 133. Miguel Rodriguez 84 + 12 133. Graham Cox 84 + 12 137. Leif Westerberg 85 + 13 137. Michiel Bothma 85 + 13 137. Stuart Clark 85 + 13 140. Alessandro Tadini 86 + 14 140. Darren Holder 86 + 14 140. Charles Bolling 86 + 14 143. a-Tyrone Ferreira 87 + 15 143. a-Justin Turner 87 + 15 143. Juan Abbate 87 + 15 143. Clinton Whitelaw 87 + 15 143. Justin Walters 87 + 15 143. a-Oliver Bekker 87 + 15 143. Henk Alberts 87 + 15 150. a-Prinavin Nelson 90 + 18 150. Toto Thimba 90 + 18 150. Wayne de Haas 90 + 18 150. a-Ruan Botha 90 + 18 154. Trevor Immelman WD

    154. Dion Fourie WD

    154. Brandon Pieters WD
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