GEORGE, South Africa - Tim Clark and Ross Fischer tied a course record with 5-under-par 68s Thursday and shared the lead after the first round of the South African Open.
South African Clark took advantage of a morning tee-off and almost windless conditions to produce four birdies, an eagle and a single bogey on the Links at Fancourt.
"That's probably as good as I can shoot around here," Clark said. "This is an extremely tough course".
Englishman Fisher, a rookie on the European Tour with a top finish of fourth in the China Open, posted his round later in the day. Three golfers had previously shot 68 here.
Henrik Nystrom of Sweden was a shot back and one ahead of Charl Schwartzel of South Africa.
Former U.S. Open champions didn't do so well. Retief Goosen opened with a 73, including two double bogeys. Ernie Els carded a 76.
Only 16 players in the 155-man field managed to break par.