Nicolas Colsaerts smashed the course record with a sparkling nine under par 64 in the first round at the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt in South Africa.
Colsaerts birdied nine of the last 11 holes, including the final four, to establish an early four stroke lead over David Horsey, Joost Luiten and Thomas Aiken.
The tournament brings together all the winners on The European Tour from last season and most of the big guns were out later in the day.
Ernie Els – not guaranteed a place for April’s Masters Tournament after falling outside the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 70 – bogeyed two of his first three holes. Montgomerie had a good round of 70 and Tom Lewis carded a five under 68 with a double bogey on his card as well.
It’s all set up for a great day tomorrow, it really is a stunning golf course, so if you haven’t tuned in to watch then make sure you do!