SUN CITY, South Africa – Robert Allenby took the sole lead after the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge with a 4-under 68 Thursday, after Retief Goosen’s late blunders put him to second place.
Allenby had three birdies on the front nine and added a fourth on the 14th hole, as he aims to become the first Australian to win the 29-year-old invitational tournament.
Goosen was at 4 under after 11 holes but bogeyed the 14th after taking a penalty shot in the bushes, and had a double bogey on the 15th to drop down the leaderboard. He then salvaged the round with an eagle on the par-4 17th to sit tied for second with fellow South African Tim Clark.
Rory McIlroy had an inconsistent round, mixing six bogeys with five birdies to sit tied for 10th.
Masters champion Angel Cabrera of Argentina was seventh after a 71. Luke Donald had a miserable start with a double bogey on the second and a bogey on the third, but he recovered to finish on even par.