Originally created 12/16/05

Clark shares Open lead with Fisher

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.


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